New Bach­e­lorette Ge­or­gia Love won’t fol­low the rules to find the one

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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.”


“I’m a big be­liever in trust­ing my own de­ci­sions and back­ing my­self”


COVER IM­AGE / With thanks to Lilac and Wil­low Flow­ers

First im­pres­sions don’t al­ways count for new Bach­e­lorette, Ge­or­gia Love.

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