Brooke runs deep
BROOKE could be the most fascinating contestant in the history of reality TV show The Bachelor Australia.
The 23-year-old Perth beauty – one of the youngest in this season’s pack – is the first Indigenous woman to appear on the program.
She faced hardship and heartbreak when she was 11 when her Aboriginal mother died unexpectedly.
Her grandmother died shortly after, prompting Brooke to move from her home in Carnarvon – and separate from four siblings – and live in Perth with her English father and his family.
She is one of nine children, works in youth and mental health and is bisexual (although she prefers to identify as Brooke, rather than a sexuality).
And it seems we’re not the only ones fascinated with the petite Aussie stunner.
Bachelor Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins seemed infatuated from the get-go, giving her his first rose and key to the Bachie pad on premiere night.
“Honestly, when I got to the red carpet and saw him I didn’t know who he was and that was what I wanted because he didn’t know who I was,” Brooke said.
“I think it is an advantage when you don’t know each other and you can get to know each other on a deeper level.”
At 23, it’s hard to believe anyone could be ready to settle down, but Brooke is different to most women.
“I’m pretty particular with what I want and I know what type of partner I need in my life,” she said.
“I didn’t go into the house with any expectations; it was all new and I just rode with it.”
We couldn’t leave the conversation without asking Brooke about the worst date she had endured before the show.
“I jumped on the Tinder train; my first and last Tinder date. I met him and he happened to be shorter than me, which is tiny because I'm five foot one, and as we were talking, a bit of chip landed on my cheek from his mouth,” she said. TO say Tegan was shocked when her Contenders tribe voted to send her to Exile Beach on last week’s episode of Australian Survivor: Champions Versus Contenders would be stating the obvious. “I had no idea, which I think you could tell from my face,” Tegan said. “It was pretty intense but I loved watching it back and seeing how Benji was able to switch it up on me and get everyone to vote the way he wanted. My downfall was that I didn’t have conversations with everybody, so I wasn’t able to get a good feel where everyone was voting.” The blind side resulted in Tegan spending three days and two nights at Exile Beach where next Contender voted out, Anita, joined her for a one-on-one battle. “I literally got dumped in the middle of a beach and had no idea where anything was because it was pitch black,” she said. “The beach was all shells and rocks and I could hear crabs everywhere; I thought I was going to lie down and have crabs crawling over me all night.
“And I was nervous that I was going to be competing against one of the champions.
“I really struggled at most challenges, which surprised me. I was always super scared because I never wanted to let the team down. So going into the challenge just for myself was exciting.”
Tegan, an accountant who grew up in Derby and boarded at Iona Presentation College, now lives in Broome with her husband Ben, two-year-old son Levi and one-year-old son Lenny.
Her Aboriginal father is one of 12 and she loves her huge extended family, including about 60 first cousins, despite them all thinking she was mad for going on Australian Survivor.
“My parents always encouraged us to do what we wanted and this was just another crazy Tegan idea I thought I’d run with, even though I was still breastfeeding and missed Lenny’s first birthday,” she said.
“Everyone rallied around and made it happen.”
Australian Survivor: Champions Versus Contenders continues on Channel 10.