A LIFE OR DEATH DE­CI­SION

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He’s the tall, dark, hand­some man woo­ing So­phie Monk in tonight’s first episode of The Bach­e­lorette. But away from the show, Gold Coast en­ter­tainer Apollo Jack­son, real name Jake Spence, has quite a story to tell. Just two and a half years ago Spence suf­fered a heart at­tack — aged 22 — and was in crit­i­cal care for two weeks. “I was su­per lucky. I was sit­ting at a friend’s place hav­ing din­ner, and I had re­ally bad anx­i­ety at the time,” he says. “I re­mem­ber sit­ting there, shak­ing, be­cause there was a lot of things go­ing on. “Then my ears started ring­ing, my vi­sion went, and both my arms went numb. And I just dropped.” Spence’s friend quickly drove him to hospi­tal, where he was di­ag­nosed as hav­ing a heart at­tack. At the time Spen­cep ( (pic­tured) pic­tured) was work­ing in se­cu­rity and had se­rio se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial trou­bles. He was also over­weight. That health scare forced him to re-evalu re-eval­u­ate his life, and fo­cus on­won what he re­ally wanted to do. So Spence de de­cided to go into s show busi­ness. He si signed on for TheT Bach­e­loret­teBach­elo as he fi finds it dif­ficu dif­fi­cult to meet g girls while trav­elli trav­el­ling. “I’m lookin look­ing for some­one who who’s fun, down to earth earth, has a great per­sona per­son­al­ity — some­one you can have a laugh­wlaugh with,” he says./says.

WATCH THE BACHELORETBACHELORETTE, TEN, WED-THURSTHURS, 7.30PM

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