A BIKINI AND THE BACHELORETTE – IS THERE A BETTER COMBINATION?
Australia’s new Bachelorette Ali Oetjen – and her suitors – are just as smokin’ hot as she is!
We first met Ali Oetjen in 2013. Back then, she placed third on Australia’s very first season of The Bachelor. Fast forward to 2018, and the 32-year-old from South Australia returned to the dating scene for our inaugural Bachelor In Paradise, where she thought she found her soulmate in American Grant Kemp, 29. But things went south, fast.
Now the blonde babe is ready to love again… Beautiful? Tick. Loveable? Tick. A hopeless romantic? Tick! May we present your newest Bachelorette Ali – and her suitors – are just as smokin’ hot as she is!
‘The array of men was just amazing,’ Ali tells OK!, admitting that she’s finally found her guy. So was it love at first sight? ‘Not at first sight, but definitely sparks at first sight,’ she says.
Here, Ali talks boys, burgers and what she really thinks of her G-cup breasts…
It’s official: you’re off the market! Is it tricky trying to keep your chosen guy’s identity a secret? I definitely have him as another name in my phone!
This time you’re in control – what was that like for you? It was great! I really did think in some way or another everyone was genuine. Everything was really open on the show. Everything I was thinking I would say, except for my feelings. That was one of the hardest things, that I couldn’t be open about how I felt [due to the process].
Are there any other misconceptions out there about you? I can’t wait for everyone to see who I really am. I’m that normal girl, maybe I’m boring! But I can’t wait for people to be encouraged to be exactly who they are, and to not be afraid of that.
What are your thoughts on cosmetic surgery these days? I’ve had my boobs done. I wish I’d never gotten them. I want to get them removed. I had the surgery probably eight years ago, and the reason I had that surgery was because I was in a relationship – mind you, it was totally my own decision. But I saw his ex-girlfriend had these boobs, and I wanted to be [like her].
You thought that’s what he wanted? I feel like my boobs have always been about trying to please other people than myself. I definitely want them reduced. I want people to know who I am on the inside without judging me on the outside, and I know that’s just about being confident, about being who you are. I’ve got to find time to get them removed.
There were rumours you had lip fillers dissolved following BIP. True or false? No, I haven’t had them deflated. I’ve had them done in the past, but I haven’t had any top-ups.
Your ex-boyfriend Grant, who you met on BIP, has been very vocal about your breakup. Have you spoken to him since the split? No, definitely not. I don’t want to fuel any more of the negativity that has come out of it.
Do you think his intentions were genuine when he joined the show? I think what we shared was… It’s hard for me
MY BOOBS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT TRYING TO PLEASE OTHERS
to say. I feel that what we had was really special, but after watching his actions over the past couple of months, he’s absolutely not the person I fell in love with.
So what do you look for in a guy? I value someone who has a healthy lifestyle, that’s active but also has a healthy mind and body – that looks after themselves. Someone genuine, someone that’s honest, loyal. Someone that’s reliable and supportive, and someone with really strong family values.
Does that mean a guy who likes Mcdonald’s is out of the question? It depends. I definitely look for someone that’s as healthy as I am, because that makes a huge difference to your lifestyle.
So you don’t enjoy a cheat day cheeseburger here and there, then? No way! I used to when I was in my early 20s, every now and then when I had a big hangover or something.
Do you ever cheat on your clean diet? Oh, I definitely have some chocolate – chocolate and red wine. I had some chocolate on a Bachelorette date.
What’s your idea of a perfect date? A good date is just getting in the car, having all your healthy snacks and driving on a Sunday, just exploring the countryside. And then somewhere cute for lunch.
When it comes to guys, would you say you have a type? I think my type has always changed, depending on what I’ve learnt from my previous relationship and what I take into my next one. It always changes, but I think for the looks part of it, he has to live and look like he has that healthy lifestyle. I just love being active, that’s what I do every weekend.
Would you ever move away from Adelaide for love? I want the person I’m with to be open to moving to Adelaide. I wasn’t shy about saying that from the very start. I wasn’t shy about telling them what my intentions were from the very beginning. I want a husband. I want that person to be able to create a family with me, and I want them to be open to moving.
Would you ever propose to a guy? I would never propose to a guy! I have traditional values, and I like that the male does it. It’s like, come on, buddy.
What’s your dream wedding? I don’t have a dream wedding dress. I’ve just
I’VE BEEN ENGAGED IN THE PAST… WE TRIED FOR A LONG TIME TO WORK THINGS OUT. I HAD TO PUT MYSELF FIRST.
always wanted that happily ever after because I know it exists. I look at my parents and what they have, and they’re just inseparable. Dad would do anything for Mum and vice versa, and that’s what I want. But in a dream wedding, all I’ve ever known is that I want a beach wedding, and that I want it chilled and relaxed.
Tell us about your ideal engagement ring… I don’t really have a dream engagement ring, as I’ve been engaged in the past. It was a light blue sapphire and it was just stunning. A ring symbolises love, so I don’t really care what it looks like.
Did you return the ring when you ended things? I definitely gave it back. I couldn’t keep the ring – I have good morals.
What went wrong for you guys? We both tried for a long time to work things out between us. I had to put myself first before another person. I needed someone to be all those traits that I was saying, and he didn’t like to share his feelings with me. So I found that really hard, and it was something in the end that I wasn’t willing to compromise on.
So now you’ve found the man of your dreams on The Bachelorette. Are kids part of your plan? I want two. I’d ideally like twins. One boy and one girl.
Do you have any name ideas? I do! I would like one to be Heidi.
How do you know that you’ve found The One this time? For me, aura is a big thing. Feeling their energy and the way they hold themselves – their body language, the way that they speak – that is a huge thing for me. I was looking for someone who was beautiful and kind on the inside, more importantly.
Are you positive about the future? I’m super happy. I loved having that control over my own destiny [on the show]. I was able to really manifest what I wanted in a guy from the qualities, interests and morals I wasn’t going to waver from. I knew I was going to find that right person for me at the end – I had to.