During an episode of her podcast Life Uncut, which she co-hosts with another former The Bachelor contestant Laura Byrne (who’s been a lot more lucky in love; she was chosen by Matty J in the finale and the pair have since gotten engaged and had a baby together), Brittany opened up about the traumatic relationship.
She found out that her “sociopath” ex-boyfriend had another girl on the side when she was at a dinner party with her boyfriend and some of his friends. She overheard an unfamiliar face say to the person next to them, “Have you been to Luke’s* when his missus cooks? She’s so good”. Given she’d never met the guy, let alone cooked for him, she had her lightbulb moment.
“It took me two seconds and two years flashed before my eyes. Everything was adding up. It was like it all clicked over,” Brittany said on her podcast.
“I probably looked like a bit of a psycho, I played it cool for a second and asked ‘Oh Luke that works with XX? I thought he was single?’ ‘Oh no, he’s been with his missus for six years they’re getting married,’ he replied.”
The ruse was up.
Brittany wasn’t exaggerating when she referred to her ex-boyfriend as a “sociopath”.
“He was convincing, charming, manipulative, intelligent and handsome all rolled into one. A formidable combination indeed,” she said.
“He loved me so hard and so fast and it was so all-consuming that I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world. He’d contact me via phone, email, pop-ins at work. I thought no one could love me like he did.”
Britt admits the signs were there, but she was ‘love blind’ to them.
Once she figured out what was going on, Brittany tracked down the ‘other girl’ online and as it turned out, they had a freakish amount of things in common.
"She was amazing, she was incredible. She said as soon as I told her as well, the last two years fell into place."
“We were calling our kids the same names. Looking to buy the same house. Both her and I had the same breed of dog. We wore the same perfumes.”
At the time, Brittany was in Port Macquarie, Luke’s other girlfriend lived in Melbourne, and Luke lived in Newcastle.
"He would change the whole house... pack it up so it was suitable for me. My photos, my clothes, my cosmetics. I would leave and he would reset the house for his other partner. He did this every weekend for two years," Brittany added.
Thankfully, Brittany has come out of it a better person.
"Going through something like that made me the person I am today, led me to all the experiences I've had and I know it is putting me on the trajectory I am supposed to be on," she told Mamamia.
*Names have been changed