I’m no SAM FROST
New Bachelorette Georgia Love won’t follow the rules to find the one
When Georgia Love first clapped eyes on the men of The Bachelorette she had one overwhelming feeling.
“I felt like I was going to vomit,” she admits. “It was the most unique and strange feeling I’ve ever had in my life. It was this overwhelming feeling of excitement and anticipation but just sheer terror mixed in as well.”
It doesn’t exactly sound like a fairytale beginning to finding lifelong love but then again, nothing about Love’s start on the reality series has seemed to go according to plan.
From two exes emerging from the woodwork to tell tales of Love’s past — including cheating allegations — to the relentless pursuit of Love by paparazzi desperate to capture who she hands the final rose to before the finale airs, it could be seen as a nightmare ride for the former news anchor.
Especially given there’s a huge risk she could walk away without having found “the one”.
Having given up her job and, potentially, sabotaging her career in the process, Love was very aware she’s taken a massive gamble by signing on for a televised search for romance.
“There was no guarantee this would work out for me at all and that was my greatest fear,” the 28-year-old admits.
“But I’m a big believer in trusting my own decisions and backing myself. And I believe something good will come from this. That’s how I felt going into The Bachelorette and I certainly feel very positive at this end, having finished filming, too.”
Love is the first to admit she’s no Sam Frost. And as Switched On sits down to chat with her that fact is evident.
While Frost was her own worst enemy at keeping her chosen one — Sasha Mielczarek — secret, with very few fans left surprised by her final rose decision, Love is much more guarded in sharing the outcome of her journey.
In part, that could be put down to her background as a television journalist. But it also stems from the fact that Love appears to have had a very different experience from past Bachelors and Bachelorettes.
While previous singles including Frost and former Bachelors Sam Wood and Tim Robards have said they knew straight away who their “one” was, Love says the exact opposite could be the case in her season.
“Something I’ve really learnt is that first impressions don’t mean that much,” she says.
“Some of the instant connections I did have with people ended there and on the flip side, there were other people who, had I to make my decision on night one, I would never have looked at again. And they ended up being extremely big parts of my life.”
It’s an attitude that may not have happened had she not experienced previous heartbreak, says Love.
The Tasmanian-based, Melbourne-born reality TV newcomer had her heart well and truly broken in what she calls her only “really serious” relationship to date, which ended 18 months prior to her signing up for the show.
And no, it wasn’t with either of the men who went on to talk about their romance with Love.
“I was with him for two years and he’s the only (previous boyfriend) who I did see being ‘the one’ forever,” she says.
“I was madly, head over heels in love and didn’t think there was a care or worry in the world.
“We were living interstate from each other and he just woke up one morning and said he didn’t want to do the distance anymore. He didn’t give me a choice to move … just pulled the rug from under me and said, ‘I’m pretty much done’.
“I was blindsided and it completely tore my heart out. And it took me far away from ever wanting to date again.”
Throwing herself into her career and her friendships gave her time to not only heal but also to examine what kind of relationship she really wanted.
“I had time to know what I wanted out of a relationship rather than just jumping into another one and continuing on the trend I’d been on for a while,” she says.
And, fingers firmly crossed, that will be with one of the 16 men who we’ll watch her take on extravagant dates over the next few months. Certainly Love will be one of those hopeless romantics tuning in.
“I can’t wait to watch my own story play out,” she says. “I will hopefully have the first moments I clocked my eyes on the love of my life to watch over and over again. Having that sends my heart aflutter.”
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“I’m a big believer in trusting my own decisions and backing myself”
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