Afterf weeks off tur­moil the Bach­e­lor is wor­ried he gave the fi­nal rose to the wrong per­son

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Reality Update -

Star­ing into one an­other’s eyes at our dreamy fi­nale pho­to­shoot, Bach­e­lor Matty John­son looks over the moon – fi­nally able to show off the girl he loves – jew­ellery de­signer Laura Byrne. “We’re al­ready plan­ning our first hol­i­day and Christ­mas to­gether,” he tells Woman’s Day with a smile.

But be­hind the scenes, sources say the hand­some mar­ket­ing man­ager has been ques­tion­ing whether he picked the right girl. With four months to con­tem­plate his de­ci­sion since the fi­nale was filmed, Matty has had more than enough time to think and it’s left him won­der­ing if sec­ond run­ner-up Tara Pavlovic was ac­tu­ally the real love of his life.


Net­work in­sid­ers now fear Matty’s doubts may lead to an­other Blake Gar­vey sit­u­a­tion – the sea­son two Bach­e­lor dumped Sam Frost for sec­ond run­ner-up Louise Pil­lidge.

Ahead of last week week’s emo­tion charged semi­fi­nal, fans were left dev­as­tated when Matty, 30, sent fan-favourite Tara home

with­out a rose, de­spite their sea­son-long con­nec­tion and ob­vi­ous chem­istry.

The bub­bly nanny still feels in the dark about why it ended and be­lieves Matty may have been led astray by pro­duc­ers.

“I think pro­duc­tion edited my home­town date to look bad so view­ers had a rea­son to be­lieve why he dumped me,” says Tara.

“Maybe they thought if I were to come run­ner-up the back­lash from the au­di­ence may have been big­ger so I was sent home ear­lier,” she adds, after Matty chose not to take her to Thai­land for the fi­nal rose cer­e­mony, in­stead opt­ing for Elise Stacy, 30.


Matty’s also said to be ques­tion­ing whether he let him­self be too heav­ily in­flu­enced by pro­duc­ers. “He can’t help won­der­ing if they helped make Laura look more ap­peal­ing be­cause ev­ery­one thought she was the fron­trun­ner,” tells our source.

Sources say Matty was in hell for days be­fore mak­ing his fi­nal choice – and he’s learned some truths about Laura since then. “Since Laura’s strate­gic an­tics and jew­ellery ped­dling came to light, Matty is ques­tion­ing whether he made the right de­ci­sion,” spills an in­sider. “He loves Laura be­cause he thought she was straight­for­ward and down-to-earth.

“Now he’s heard ru­mours Laura set Tara up by telling Matty she was more in­ter­ested in Derek the waiter than him, it’s left him ques­tion­ing if she was tac­tics-driven after all.”

But even if Matty does want to rec­on­cile with Tara, it seems he may strug­gle to win her back. The jilted re­al­ity star – who con­fessed she was dev­as­tated when it ended – has gone on the de­fen­sive since be­ing dumped on TV telling Aus­tralia that she “never gave a s**t about Matty”.

While the fu­ture for Laura and Matty is un­cer­tain, the pair are adamant – pub­licly at least – they’re in love. “We just want to do life to­gether,” says Laura.

Matty adds: “Laura has all the qual­i­ties that would make an amaz­ing wife and mum.”

Only time will tell if he makes a back­flip to the lov­able nan nanny who cap­tured ou our hearts.

‘Matty thought Laura was downto-earth… but was it tac­tics?’

The re­al­ity Laura looked frosty, while Matty looked con­tem­pla­tive.

The pho­to­shoot The pair were all smiles at our happy-ever-after pho­to­shoot. Matty says he strug­gled to let Tara go. “It was dif­fi­cult to say good­bye.”

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