LOVE IS IN THE AIR IN THE BACHELOR’S FIRST AUSTRALIAN SERIES
Sunday and Monday, 7.30pm, Ten
IF you believe some of the stories, Tim Robards might be the one your mother warned you about.
Since the 30-year-old Sydney-based chiropractor and part-time model was named the leading man of Australia’s first version of the reality love search The
Bachelor, the claims have flown thick and fast. But Robards says he is not a player, nor a fame-hungry man-about-town who broke up with his girlfriend to join the show. He insists he is genuine in using The Bachelor to find love and a relationship akin to that of his parents, who have chalked up more than three decades of marriage.
‘‘My mum and dad have just had their 33rd wedding anniversary. I’d love to have that.
‘‘To have that love and someone to share all they have shared just heightens the big moments of your life," he says.
Taking the claims headon, Robards says, ‘‘Like any guy, I’ve dated different girls’’.
‘‘I’ve never been a person who just goes out and picks up and that’s it,’’ he adds.
‘‘I have always been searching for a girl I can fall in love with and have something serious with. However people interpret that is something I can’t do much about.
‘‘It is not correct that I broke up with my exgirlfriend to go on the show. The show came along after that.
‘‘Possibly through the show people will get a better understanding of who I am and not just what they read or hear.’’
The first people he went to when approached to become the bachelor were his parents. ‘‘They are the ones I go to when I am in a position where I’m wrestling with something big,’’ he says.
‘‘They gave me the confidence I could do this because you are opening yourself up to judgment.
‘‘I am a very open person with my clients and friends, but being open to all of Australia is a whole new level of openness. ‘‘Dad asked how I wanted to be perceived and presented. I said as long as I can be down-to-earth, intelligent and honest – because that’s who I am – I was ready to take this on as a search for love. ‘‘I had met with producers and they convinced me they wanted to create a show about two people falling in love. ‘‘The result was my parents telling
me, ’Just to be true to yourself’.’’
‘‘I have always been searching for a girl I can fall in love with and have something serious with’’
SOUL SEARCH: Tim Robards is taking things seriously.