How are you feeling now the finale has aired?
It’s pretty heartbreaking watching it over again and having to re-live it. You think that from 6:00AM this morning with all these interviews I’d be able to say that much easier, but I can’t. Yeah if somebody told me this at the start I may have re-thought it.
Unlike some, you seemed to genuinely be on the show for the right reasons, not to be insta-famous or promote some brand. What made you apply for a show like The Bachelorette?
I was definitely there for the right reason. I needed a kick in the ass when it came to relationships and emotions so my dad told me I should apply. He said that I didn’t have time to do anything else or go out and meet people, so might as well give it a shot. After umming and ahhing for a bit, I thought I might as well do this. I just didn’t think I’d be in the top two with all the other nice blokes that were on the show.
What do you think of how the producers edited and portrayed you?
I did think of it as a bit of a betrayal at the start, but the more and more I watched it I realised that they were trying to build a relationship between the audience and someone on the show. And they built that relationship with me and that’s what they showed: I did a lot to get Sophie's attention. I didn’t want to waste any time because once I got to know Sophie, I didn’t want to go home. Everything I did was for Sophie.
It's obviously quite different to dating in real life...
Its like speed dating. I got told by the producers that your first date, you need to treat it like it’s your three month mark. So when you go into the conversation about a wedding, and kids, and marriage, it’s a legitimate conversation because that’s where you need to be at. You cant be at 'what colour is your favourite?' You cant start there.
How has the public's view of you changed since the episode aired?
I think it’s changed dramatically. The support out there is fantastic. Finally people are seeing I’m a nice, genuine guy, and I’m not this weird dude. I’m just a guy who fell madly in love with a girl and I'm sure any other bloke out there would probably do the same.
Did you have any doubts going into the final rose ceremony?
I was confident that I was going to be that guy at the end. I even mentioned it to my producer, I go 'I feel so good, I’ve never felt so confident going into this.' Then we had the chat, and Sophie mentioned her head and her heart and I realised it wasn’t going the way I thought it was. That’s when I thought, 'this is it.'
How do you feel about Sophie and the break-up now?
I am heartbroken still, definitely. It’s been a while since I’ve felt this way for someone and I just want to get back into normality now. I’ve had to be lying to a lot of people out there, letting them believe that I might have won so that’s been hard.
It's hard to get over someone while pretending you might be their boyfriend...
You can’t lock yourself up in a room, you’ve actually got to be out there (doing press). That’s the hardest part, I didn’t want to ruin the show for anybody.
What do you think of Sophie's decision to choose Stu?
Those guys are legends, they deserve each other and I really hope everything works out and if they want to get married I have a perfect venue for it.
Soph really had her good pick there, a vineyard owner or publican...
She did have it all! I just didn’t have a boat (laughs). No, they’re beautiful people and I wish them all the best.
You had a tense relationship with some of the other contestants, what is your relationship like now?
Blake actually messaged me this morning saying he’s sorry, and that he saw the outcome – no one knew, they thought I won. He goes 'man I know how much you loved Sophie, and if you need to chat I’m here.' Which was really nice, and all the other boys have been sending me messages today as well.
Who did you get along with best in the house?
I had the best relationship with Harry and Apollo - he’s a legend. I just saw him before actually which was quite cool, it was good to catch up with him. Then with Stu once he came in, of all people. I was standing up there (at the end) with two of the greatest blokes.
What advice do you have for any guys thinking of applying for the next season?
All I can say is, if you're really into her don’t hold back. But make sure you’re there for the right reasons, because I have no doubt that the girl who is going to be the Bachelorette is going to be very switched on, and may have already been through this so they know exactly how to do this.