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The petals on Alex’s rose from Richie have barely had time to wilt, but the new Bach­e­lorette has al­ready been through the gos­sip-mill wringer.

Geor­gia Love, the 27-yearold for­mer Tas­ma­nian TV news re­porter who’s set to step into Sam Frost’s shoes on The Bach­e­lorette from Wed­nes­day, has had her so­cial me­dia trawled, her past re­la­tion­ships probed and her in­ten­tions ques­tioned no end.

One tale cir­cu­lat­ing is that Love dumped a boyfriend (a hand­some po­lice­man, no less) in or­der to take up the TV op­por­tu­nity.

“No, that’s not true at all,” she says with a sad­ness in her voice that doesn’t rear it­self of­ten, ex­cept when asked about claims she’s only in this for her 15 sec­onds.

“I think peo­ple say that about ev­ery­one on re­al­ity TV, but it’s also re­ally up­set­ting to think that any­one would think that I would have given up so much just for the chance at some short-term fame. What’s miss­ing is a part­ner, my soul­mate, and that’s got noth­ing to do with whether peo­ple know my name or not.”

In­deed, it was the pro­duc­ers of the show who tracked Love down af­ter com­ing across her name in re­la­tion to some char­ity work she’d done.

“I was sit­ting at work one af­ter­noon and my mo­bile rang with a com­pletely out-of-the-blue call,” she says.

“Af­ter hav­ing a long hard think about it, I de­cided I was at that point in my life where I want to find that per­son.”

Love is open about the fact she’s made her ca­reer in journalism her pri­or­ity, which has meant that find­ing The One has fallen by the way­side.

She says her last re­la­tion­ship, which ended 18 months ago, was her most se­ri­ous and it had taken a painful toll on her.

“I was head over heels and I thought that I had met my match,” Love ex­plains. “I was to­tally heart­bro­ken. But as time went on and I did get over that, it ac­tu­ally made me stronger and made me see what it is I do want. So I be­lieve that taught me how, next time, I’ll know if it re­ally is right.”

Love will be get­ting to know 16 el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors in the hope of find­ing that “right” feel­ing, in­clud­ing Gold Coaster Jake El­lis, whose con­fi­dence and fam­ily-man per­sua­sion are al­readya win­ning him brownie pointsp in the tabloids.

Love says this sea­son’s dates won’t be all about cham­pagne flutes and fast cars ei­ther.

“So many of the dates are uniquely Geor­gia Love,” she says. “I’ve had a few dif­fer­ent quirky jobs and hob­bies in my life and they might fea­ture a bit in some of the dates,” she says.

Love has had her fair share of “quirks” at­trib­uted to her al­ready, with col­umn inches be­ing filled with sto­ries of in­fi­deli­ties and the fact her fa­ther, Dr Love, is a pe­nile im­plant sur­geon.

“That ac­tu­ally came up with at least one of the guys on night one!” Love laughs.

Should any of the guys find them­selves in­tim­i­dated by Mr Love’s line of work, they needn’t be of Geor­gia’s in­ten­tions.

“I’m look­ing for some­one who’s go­ing to be my best friend for­ever,” she says.

The Bach­e­lorette, tonight, Chan­nel 10

Pic­ture: Tim Car­rafa

Gold Coast boy Jake meets Geor­gia for the first time on The Bach­e­lorette.

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