Bachelor In Paradise's Apollo Jackson appeared to be hot property on the Fijian Island, but speaking to WHO exclusively the magician opened up about his relationship with Simone Ormesher, focussing on his family life and how he got through the emotional TV journey.
WHO: So what was the reason for your walk out?
APOLLO: It was crazy because everything came to a massive climax tonight. You know I’d been spending a fair bit of time in there and I had these two amazing girls and I was really worried about hurting someone’s feelings and I just wanted to be a gentleman in the situation it was really hard.
WHO: Talk to us about the final rose ceremony…
It was really tough, I ended up giving a rose to Simone and saying: “Look I came in to find love and I can’t say that I’ve found love yet but I’ve found someone that I really want to get to know and try things out on the outside.”
WHO: What brought you to tears?
It was just a big sort of dramatic situation. It had been such a rollercoaster of emotions in the days leading up to it. I could see that both girls were really worried and they were going through a lot of emotions, too. I just felt terrible being the one in the middle of it all. I hadn’t been there for long and I didn’t like that I had caused the conflict between the two of them and even though I know it wasn’t my doing, I just didn’t want the girls to be sad or hurt.
I was really worried about Elora’s feelings because she’s an absolutely wonderful woman.
WHO: Are you still with Simone?
Unfortunately, Simone and I just didn’t work out. We tried our best but obviously, I’m based in Gold Coast and Sydney and she’s in Melbourne so with our work schedules we just couldn’t really make it work. But you know it was all positive, nothing negative there, we just couldn’t really make it work. We both think each other are awesome, but romantically it didn’t work out.
WHO: So you guys are still on speaking terms?
Absolutely still mates. The show’s on and we all checked in on each other to see how everyone’s feeling.
WHO: Do you still speak to Elora?
Yeah, same thing. I think when the show started airing there was a bit of contact everywhere – you know everyone was just sort of seeing how everyone was feeling about the show. Because it can be quite daunting being with someone on TV and reliving those moments.
WHO: Are you currently single?
Yeah at the moment I’m just focussing on family and career. It’s just an absolute rollercoaster – in a year I’ve come off two shows with The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise.
WHO: What’s your ideal girl? Blonde or brunette?
Look for me it’s about personality. I want someone that’s fun and light-hearted. Who can get themselves through any situation? Just someone who is positive and happy to go on adventures with me! Someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously and can have a laugh.
WHO: Is there anything you wish was shown that didn't go to air?
They showed us the important stuff, the relationships the arguments. [Laughs] The other stuff was I guess just me eating and swimming and stuff. Not as interesting!
WHO: Can any girls find you on Bumble or Tinder?
No, I’m really old school I like to meet people face-to-face.