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HE’S LOOKING FOR LOVE ON THE BACHELOR, BUT IS THE HONEY BADGER’S HEART HERE ON THE GOLD COAST?
Nick Cummins might have found the woman of his dreams on The Bachelor, but he’s not ready to call it love yet. “I wouldn’t put any labels on it, like love,” Nick says.
“Those things like love, in my mind, would be later on down the track.”
While filming for the reality television show has wrapped up, Nick, aka rugby star the Honey Badger, aka Australia’s most unlikely but entertaining Bachelor, has to keep a low profile for the next couple of months while the rest of Australia catches up with his romantic pursuits of choosing the right girl out of a mere 25 options.
Nick says the thought of being thrust into a situation so far out of his comfort zone initially made him say no to Channel 10’s offer, but he came around to the idea after some time away.
“I’d had a chance to think about it, I thought, ‘well yeah, maybe I should put myself in a situation where I could find the girl I’ve been looking for’,” Nick says.
“It ended up being a great experience for me.”
The series, which premiered on Channel 10 last night, is full of Nick’s trademark Aussie lingo – as well as some more tender, if not awkward moments.
“There’s definitely people who don’t understand that sort of language,” Nick says.
“You do have to tone it back a few notches.
“Speaking to women – I learnt a lot about that.
“Talking a lot about feelings can be quite tough for someone who doesn’t do it.
“Us blokes aren’t really trained in that sort of thing. We’re not taught how to handle all these different emotions. (There’s a lot of scenes) of me in uncomfortable situations. (But it’s also) a lot of fun, I like to keep the vibes as high as I can.”
With Nick’s father and family on the Gold Coast and four women from The Bachelor also hailing from our neck of the woods, we could be seeing more of the curly-haired larrikin around town.
Nick says he has fond memories of mucking around at Burleigh Heads as a kid.
“We used to drive down from Beaudesert and we’d surf, quite often actually,” he says.
“Burleigh Heads is a beautiful spot. That’s where surfers do their best and I’m keen to get out there myself.”
While Nick’s boisterous charm and off-the-cuff antics are his trademarks, don’t mistake him for a bad-boy player. He says he was totally invested in finding a partner through The Bachelor with a person who was meant to be.
“The last thing I want to do is take up anyone’s time and keep flogging a dead horse,” he says.
“If you didn’t take it seriously like that, there’s something wrong with you.
“Just take the mask off, say hello to them, if they don’t like it, move on.
“And all of a sudden, it all clears out and the one you’re actually keen on is standing there in front of you. The one who’s meant to be there at that time, is there.” The Bachelor airs again tonight at 7.30pm following its premiere on Channel 10 last night
TALKING A LOT ABOUT FEELINGS CAN BE QUITE TOUGH FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T DO IT
Nick Cummins initially turned downed the offer to star in Channel 10’s reality TV dating show The Bachelor.