Ro­mance blos­soms

LOVE IS IN THE AIR IN THE BACH­E­LOR’S FIRST AUS­TRALIAN SE­RIES

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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