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Brooke Blurton is moving on from her time on The Bachelor.
SHE might have been the one that got away from Nick Cummins’ controversial series of The Bachelor, but for Victoria Park’s Brooke Blurton it’s a case of moving on and focusing on the things she loves most – work and sport.
The 23-year-old, who was the favourite to win the ‘Honey Badger’s’ heart, walked away from the show after Cummins’ was unable to show his commitment to her.
It was a move that won the respect of fans across the country as she became Australia’s sweetheart.
“I’ve definitely been lucky to come out of this with such a good response from around Australia,” she said.
“It’s obviously really nice because you are who you are and I think people have liked that.”
Blurton, who lost her mum to suicide, works as a youth worker with a focus on mental health, a role she said was her passion.
“My job is awesome; I love it and if you love what you do you never work a day in your life,” she said.
“I am a role model or a mentor for young girls and boys as well, especially being Aboriginal.
“There is a bit of pressure with my job that I have to maintain a really positive outlook on life and that’s what I’m trying to encourage in young Aboriginal youth, in that we have been through some stuff and you go through some stuff but you can be a role model for other youth that are coming through, which is what I’ve tried to implement myself.”
She has played sport for most of her life, including women’s footy with the Swan Districts Football Club, Rugby League for South Perth and Union for Nedlands, and described herself as “pretty normal”.
“It’s actually off-season for footy, but at the moment I’m still doing a bit of rugby so that’s good,” she said.
“My life has been welldocumented and people who know me know I’m really normal.
“I’m actually really outgoing and a loving person and while my life hasn’t exactly been that stable, I’ve worked really hard to where I am now.”
So why choose a reality television show to find love, and is she still single?
“I’m different; I know what I need and it hasn’t been that easy trying to find that,” she said.
“It was also about putting myself out there and being vulnerable in situations, which I’m not very good at but I tried my best. I think my message is that you should stick to what you want and be true to yourself.
“(In) The Bachelor you walk away with what you want to walk out of it with – whether you come out with him or you’re single.”
Brooke Blurton won the admiration of the nation when she walked away in The Bachelor.