Com­ing up roses

New Bach­e­lor Matty John­son’s lat­est search for love has been a hit, writes HOLLY BYRNES

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

THE Bach­e­lor’s Matty John­son is eas­ing back in a bath tub full of rose petals, wet T-shirt on – or off – as a cheeky nod to the sex symbol sta­tus this Syd­ney mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor is com­ing to ac­cept is part of his new job – as Aus­tralia’s most el­i­gi­ble man.

The sad news for the women still hop­ing for their chance to date the 29-year-old is the fact he’s of­fi­cially off the mar­ket.

Find­ing love on sea­son five of the Chan­nel Ten se­ries was not a given for John­son, who had his heart bro­ken by The Bach­e­lorette Ge­or­gia Love. But af­ter go­ing through the process – this time as the ob­ject of af­fec­tion in con­trol of his ro­man­tic destiny – John­son tells TV Guide he is con­fi­dent he has found what he was look­ing for this time around: the one. “If [ The Bach­e­lor] never went to air, I’d be happy be­cause I’ve al­ready got what I wanted out of this ex­pe­ri­ence and that’s love,” John­son says. Just who he has fallen for is shrouded in se­crecy, but pa­parazzi shots of the fi­nal rose cer­e­mony have al­ready threat­ened to steal his TV thun­der. What John­son will say is his de­ci­sion was only made at the end of the se­ries – and it wasn’t love at first sight.

“Def­i­nitely on night one, I wasn’t like, ‘That’s the per­son’,” he says. “It wasn’t that clear to me at all. It was some­thing that over time de­vel­oped. It took a num­ber of dates be­fore feel­ings started to get stronger … it was not un­til that very last mo­ment where I did make that de­ci­sion.”

Not that there isn’t plenty of ac­tion, with the heart­throb court­ing the 22 women in a se­ries of ad­ven­tur­ous dates, in­clud­ing sky-diving, wake­board­ing and at least one soar­ing he­li­copter flight.

There’s also plenty of the other kind of ac­tion.

“I did kiss more than one per­son [but] I was very se­lec­tive with the kiss,” he teases. “I wouldn’t just kiss purely be­cause I went on a date with some­body. I only kissed if I re­ally felt it.”

Not kiss­ing all the ladies tor­mented John­son, he says, but there was a peck­ing order. “If you’re the per­son on the date and you get to that mo­ment where there’s a rose and you get a peck on the cheek, then it’s al­most like that was send­ing mixed sig­nals,” he says.

“How do you ar­tic­u­late to some­body that just be­cause you didn’t re­ceive a kiss, it’s not a bad thing … that some­times tak­ing things slow is the right thing to do.”

Keep­ing his new love se­cret has been a unique com­pli­ca­tion for John­son, who is des­per­ate to go pub­lic with his de­ci­sion.

“My mum and my sis­ter know the re­sult but even my clos­est friends, my best mate is like, ‘Well, what is she like?’, and I’m like, ‘She’s great’, he says. “And then they say, ‘Well, what colour hair does she have? What job does she do, or where does she live?’, and I have to say, ‘I can’t tell you that’. It’s been so frus­trat­ing.

“Just go­ing pub­lic for the first time will be great. Just to get a cof­fee … or maybe, book that he­li­copter again.”

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