LADY IN RED
GEORGIA LOVE ON THOSE EX RUMOURS, DEALING WITH HEARTBREAK AND FINDING HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER
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
Gold Coast boy Jake meets Georgia for the first time on The Bachelorette.