Hills Gazette - - GREEN THUMB - Sara Fitz­patrick

SELF-CON­FESSED ex­tro­vert Mack­ane (Mack) Reid, who made his mark on The Bach­e­lorette when he ser­e­naded So­phie Monk with his You and Me diddy, has en­joyed many first dates, even the bad ones.

A mem­o­rable ren­dezvous two years ago – which he ad­mits was ter­ri­ble but makes a great story – in­volved cig­a­rettes, ham­burg­ers, Whit­ney Hous­ton and a good dose of fear.

The Perth small busi­ness owner en­coun­tered the woman on­line and pro­ceeded to meet her at Grill’d.

“She’s al­ready half an hour late – time man­age­ment is not my forte so that can be for­given – but I walked out the front of Grill’d and she was there suck­ing on a durry.

“So we met – and she looked noth­ing like she did in the pho­tos – and went to order some burg­ers. She or­dered a vege­tar­ian op­tion and started to be­rate me for eat­ing meat and tell me how bad the in­dus­try was and so I said: ‘How about the tobacco in­dus­try?’ So we weren’t get­ting along.

“For some rea­son she in­vited me back to her house and I don’t know why I went but I got there and she gave me a ren­di­tion of Whit­ney Hous­ton’s I Will Al­ways Love You. “It was ter­ri­ble and she was so in­vested in the sing­ing that she didn’t re­alise I was laughing un­der my breath. “Af­ter that I said ‘I have to go’ and she pinned me up against the wall and tried to kiss me. I had to force­fully push her away – it was the first time on a date that I was ac­tu­ally a lit­tle fright­ened and then all night and for the next two days she was calling un­til my room­mate asked to her stop.” Reid, who as­pires to be a TV host, was un­de­terred by the ex­pe­ri­ence and when the op­por­tu­nity to meet long-time crush Monk came along, he jumped in. “I re­mem­ber see­ing So­phie in a bikini com­ing out of a pool in Date Movie and thought: ‘Oh my good­ness – she’s tall, slen­der, blonde, blue-eyed: all the fea­tures I’m over­whelmed by’,” he said. Reid’s mum dis­ap­proved of him en­ter­ing the man­sion. “Mum didn’t want me to make a fool of my­self on a na­tional scale, which un­for­tu­nately is ex­actly what I did by play­ing So­phie a song on na­tional tele­vi­sion,” he said.

Mack­ane Reid.

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