Nikki Mitropoulos, 32
Unlike the other “wives,” whose marriages ended in divorce, Nikki’s husband died tragically, four days before son Daniel, 9, was born.
How did you sign up?
When I applied, it was a bit of a joke, to be honest. We had a couple of glasses of wine, me and my girlfriends. And they’re like, “Let’s apply.” So we did. I had no idea what I wrote in my application. Then I got the phone call. I didn’t want to be a part of those dating shows, I can’t do the whole fighting with other people. All [four of us] said at the beginning if it’s anything like The Bachelor, we didn’t want to do it. So when we found out it was about getting back into dating after being through pretty heavy things in our lives, that made it a lot easier.
Was it a difficult process?
I lost my husband nearly 10 years ago. Then I was in a relationship, but that ended. When I got on the show and realised I’m going to be dating, I was like, “I don’t think I’m ready for this.” It was overwhelming—very.
I’m happy. I was constantly fearing, because I had been through traumatic loss. But I can’t protect myself and my child by holding back and locking myself away. That’s the part of me that has changed. It’s allowed myself to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but been too scared to.