Hearts are around Australia collectively broke when Sophie Monk sent heartthrob Apollo home on last night's episode of The Bachelorette. The always entertaining 24-year-old chatted to InStyle Australia about the real reason he went on the show, and what he's looking for in a girl (yes, ladies he's single).
InStyle: Apollo, you should do a breadstick commercial after last night’s date. Was it as awkward as it looked on television?
Apollo: Probably the most awkward date in Australian television history. It’s now the go-to for any awkward moment; the word is “breadstick” and it’s already started on the Gold Coast, apparently.
InStyle: Was there anything we didn't see?
Apollo: I did spill sort of spill my heart out at one stage, it was very awkward. I was so exhausted it had been a massive day, and I was nervous I just froze and I didn't have the right words to say and was stumbling. Like the breadsticks on the table in front of me, I crumbled.
What was the first thing that you did after leaving the mansion?
Apollo: I went back to the hotel room and ordered a few pizzas! I’ve been journaling since I’ve been in the house, just experiences and how I was feeling. I just went back through my journal and made a list of all the amazing and positive experiences. And smashed a few pizzas too!
"Like the breadsticks on the table in front of me, I crumbled."
InStyle: What do you have to say to people who said you went on the show just to raise your profile?
Apollo: It's really weird because I have singing and song-songwriting since I was twelve, and the particular song that's come out I had written when I was in recovery in hospital. It's about celebrating life and I had been though a big stage of depression when I had my heart attack. I was suppose to release that song at the start of the year and I was never confident and my friends were like, 'you've got to release it!' and then I was touring with magic and then went on the show, so I didn't get the chance.
When my website was updated around two-months-ago the guy who updated it put my album art back up for it, and everyone's only picked it up this week saying it's a "new career" move, and it's not new. I'm an entertainer and that's what I do, at the end of the day if I was performing magic or singing on a street-corner, i'd still be doing it because it's what I love!
InStyle: Australia is hoping you're the next Bachelor, any truth to that rumour?
Apollo: It's still pretty fresh and I'm still looking for love, and it's something that I would be open to and because people have seen a bit of a snapshot of who I am, I think it would definitely attract the right people.
InStyle: What kind of girl are you looking for?
Apollo: Someone who is fun, outgoing down-to-earth and someone who has a big heart for other people. They can't take themselves too seriously either!
InStyle: You've spoken about your transformation from overweight to turning into Thor's actual body double. Where you always as confident as you are now?
Apollo: I'm more confident now, but probably more confident in being who I am. When I was overweight I was a bit shy to be who I am; I'm a fun, adventurous, nerdy dude and now I'm happy to own that nerdy, quirky side.
InStyle: We didn't get to see your nerdy side this season. What's the nerdiest thing about you?
Apollo: I'm a massive Batman fan, and my room is full of Batman memorabilia –you've got batman pinball machines! I play a lot of nerd games as well, Magic The Gathering and Dungeons And Dragons (laughs). It's like next-level nerd.