Coming up roses
New Bachelor Matty Johnson’s latest search for love has been a hit, writes HOLLY BYRNES
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.”