Perth’s Brooke flow­er­ing on

Bach­e­lor Aus­tralia

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Sara Fitz­patrick

BROOKE could be the most fas­ci­nat­ing con­tes­tant in the his­tory of re­al­ity TV show The Bach­e­lor Aus­tralia.

The 23-year-old Perth beauty – one of the youngest in this sea­son’s pack – is the first Indige­nous woman to ap­pear on the pro­gram.

She faced hard­ship and heart­break when she was 11 when her Abo­rig­i­nal mother died un­ex­pect­edly.

Her grand­mother died shortly af­ter, prompt­ing Brooke to move from her home in Carnar­von – and sep­a­rate from four sib­lings – and live in Perth with her English fa­ther and his fam­ily.

She is one of nine chil­dren, works in youth and mental health and is bi­sex­ual (al­though she prefers to iden­tify as Brooke, rather than a sex­u­al­ity).

And it seems we’re not the only ones fas­ci­nated with the pe­tite Aussie stun­ner.

Bach­e­lor Nick “Honey Badger” Cum­mins seemed in­fat­u­ated from the get-go, giv­ing her his first rose and key to the Bachie pad on pre­miere night.

“Hon­estly, when I got to

the red car­pet and saw him I didn’t know who he was and that was what I wanted be­cause he didn’t know who I was,” Brooke said.

“I think it is an ad­van­tage when you don’t know each other and you can get to know each other on a deeper level.”

At 23, it’s hard to be­lieve any­one could be ready to set­tle down, but Brooke is dif­fer­ent to most women.

“I’m pretty par­tic­u­lar with what I want and I know what type of part­ner I need in my life,” she said.

“I didn’t go into the house with any ex­pec­ta­tions; it was all new and I just rode with it.”

We couldn’t leave the con­ver­sa­tion with­out ask­ing Brooke about the worst date she had en­dured be­fore the show.

“I jumped on the Tin­der train; my first and last Tin­der date,” she said.

“I met him and he hap­pened to be shorter than me, which is tiny be­cause I'm five foot one, and as we were talk­ing, a bit of chip landed on my cheek from his mouth.”

Brooke from The Bach­e­lor Aus­tralia.

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