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Ana­tion’s heart broke when Bach­e­lorette Ge­or­gia Love told a smit­ten Matty J that her heart didn’t be­long with him, but now we’re all the more ready to watch him fall in love all over again. This time, he says there’s a happy end­ing.

So there are a cou­ple of Gold Coast girls in this se­ries, which one did you end up with?

I think you know I can’t say any­thing about that ... but what I will say is I grew up in Bris­bane and I know a lot of Gold Coast girls. I think they’re very down to earth, easy go­ing and love the out­doors.

So what’s your big­gest turn off in a girl?

My big­gest turn off is some­body who’s rude or ar­ro­gant, that by far – ini­tially when you have a con­ver­sa­tion – that’s one of the things that de­ters me. One big thing for me is if we go to a bar or restau­rant if they’re rude to the waiter, es­pe­cially be­cause I worked in hos­pi­tal­ity when I was younger. I like some­one who has a sense of hu­mour and is con­fi­dent, but not ar­ro­gant.

What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween con­fi­dence and ar­ro­gance, in your opin­ion?

I think the dif­fer­ence is ar­ro­gant peo­ple who think very highly of them­selves, won’t ask ques­tions about you and they only talk about them­selves. Con­fi­dence is just some­thing you can sense in some­one, it em­anates from them.

Where do you stand on the con­cept of mak­ing women com­pete for your love?

The Bach­e­lor is in­ter­est­ing in the sense that it is a com­pe­ti­tion where ev­ery week some­one gets evicted, but I also be­lieve that they’re not re­ally com­pet­ing against each other. There’s noth­ing you can do to win other than be­ing your­self. I don’t view it as a comp, when I was one of the guys we didn’t feel like we were be­ing pit­ted against each other, Ge­or­gia would pick who she liked the most.

Apart from the things like wrestling or cliff div­ing where you’re lit­er­ally pit­ted against each other ...

I mean, there are games; those rare oc­ca­sions are in fun and in jest.

It must be hard though, be­cause you want the girls to show they care but also not be too com­pet­i­tive. If they’re not com­pet­i­tive they might not get no­ticed. How do they do both?

It’s a bit of a bal­ance. You want peo­ple to care and try, but you don’t want them to be­come over-com­pet­i­tive or nasty. It’s about be­ing in­vested but be­ing re­spect­ful to oth­ers. And again I think that’s just a nat­u­ral thing, just be your­self and what­ever’s meant to hap­pen will hap­pen.

Be­ing a for­mer con­tes­tant, you know how it all works. Was that any help to you be­ing on the other side?

I think it was def­i­nitely help­ful for my­self know­ing how the show works, the mile­stones and things, but it was also a neg­a­tive for me go­ing into rose cer­e­monies and know­ing how hard it is to stand there. But I would like to think through the en­tire process I was con­sid­er­ate and car­ing.

On the show, do you pre­fer group dates or one-onone dates?

Ob­vi­ously I love the one-onone dates, but group dates can be more re­veal­ing in a way than one-on-ones. You some­times learn more about a girl by just ob­serv­ing. It’s in­ter­est­ing to see how peo­ple are one-on-one com­pared to group dates. That’s why I was look­ing for­ward to group dates to see how each girl acts among other girls, if their de­meanour changes, how they’d be po­lite to me but rude to oth­ers. Group dates are an op­por­tu­nity to see true per­son­al­i­ties. I went in with a mind­set of not try­ing to catch peo­ple out or see if peo­ple are there for the wrong rea­sons, but I am in­tu­itive to who peo­ple are.

Over this whole ex­pe­ri­ence, what have you learned about your­self?

I think the big­gest thing about my­self is hav­ing more con­fi­dence in who I am as a per­son. Ini­tially I thought “How can I main­tain the per­son­al­ity of the per­fect man: The Bach­e­lor,” and I re­alised all I had to do was be my­self and that was the main thing. I knew there was no guar­an­tee any­one would fall in love with me. I just hoped I lived up to ex­pec­ta­tion. And I did for one per­son, which I’m very happy about.

Was it Osher?

It wasn’t Osher.

The Bach­e­lor pre­mieres on Sun­day 7.30pm on Chan­nel 10


De­spite hav­ing his heart bro­ken on The Bach­e­lorette, Matty J signed up to tackle the real­ity TV dat­ing con­cept from a dif­fer­ent an­gle, this time as the one in con­trol on The Bach­e­lor.

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