STEALING MATTY'S HEART
Smooching is hard to watch for the top three, writes Amelia Saw
Laura Byrne confesses she fell madly in love with Matthew ‘Matty J’ Johnson’s during their time together on The Bachelor.
“Absolutely,” Byrne exclaims to BW Magazine when asked if she was smitten.
“It was definitely during the hometown visits, having him there with my family, that made it real. My family were so approving and so excited and accepting, and just instantly like, ‘This guy’s great!’ ”
BW caught up with Byrne and the other two member’s of the show’s top three — Gold Coast nanny Tara Pavlovic and former Hockeyroo Elise Stacy, from Perth. The reality stars stay mum on the outcome, but can’t help but drop some cryptic hints.
“I came off the hometown date with Matty and felt really great about the time we had,” says Stacy, 29. “I would have been surprised if I’d been sent home … but also not surprised.”
Pavlovic, 27, also indicates she could often predict who Johnson would choose.
“I could kind of pick who was going, I could gauge it pretty well. I think everyone could,” she says.
Stacy became a frontrunner for Johnson’s heart only in recent weeks but believes he had genuine feelings for all three contestants by this point.
“With the girls left, I have no doubt he has feelings for every single one of them … but you never know who he actually wants,” she says.
However Byrne, 30, doubts it’s possible to be in love with three people at once.
“Look, I don’t think it’s possible for me to have deep romantic feelings for three people at the same time. I think maybe I could have deep romantic feelings for one person and then I might question, ‘Oh, but maybe that person is better for me?’ But that would be (using) my head over my heart,” she says.
From the beginning, fans had Byrne pegged as most likely to win after she scored the first kiss, and this week a media outlet released a “spoiler” claiming Byrne and Johnson had been on a top-secret romantic weekend getaway. The claims included a description of Bryne and Johnson travelling in multiple private cars to elude paparazzi but no photo showing the pair together could be produced.
Stacy also caused controversy recently when it was revealed she was moving from Perth to Sydney, where Johnson lives. But she was able to provide an explanation.
“I left my job to go on The Bachelor and when I finished I got offered an amazing job in Sydney, in marketing and brand activation,” she says. (Conspiracy theorists note, Stacy works in the same profession as Johnson — could he have got his new girlfriend a job?)
Now, after months of speculation, the grand final is set to air next week, and it couldn’t come soon enough for the remaining contestants, particularly to relieve them of watching Johnson kiss other girls.
“When you get this far you do have feelings for the guy, so it’s strange to see him sit there and be affectionate with other women and say all these amazing things to them,” says Stacy.
Byrne agrees watching Johnson kiss the other girls is certainly uncomfortable and not just because of affection.
“There were some people in the house who had had cold sores and I was like, ‘Oh, dude. nup. I’m not OK with this!” she says. The Bachelor is on Network 10, 7.30pm Wednesday and Thursday
I could pick who was going
The Bachelor’s top three contestants (from left) Elise, Laura and Tara.