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The Bach­e­lor’s Matty John­son on find­ing love and break­ing hearts

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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.”

THE BACH­E­LOR

WED­NES­DAY AND THURS­DAY, 7.30PM, TEN

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