Perhaps this is controversial, but you were first out and you were essentially the only minority in the group. Does that look bad?
Being the minority aside, the nature of the beast was that everyone who went into the show knew that somebody had to leave first. Given that it was myself, I don’t think I took it too personally because I was in the house for such a short amount of time. I took it more as Georgia choosing who made the stronger connection with her, not how I looked.
You said something about survival of the fittest. But you were first out. Seeing it back, did you regret saying that?
Not at all. When you go on a show with such strong personalities, things end up being about that and the connections. So definitely my reference to Darwin’s theory of evolution makes sense.
Are you willing to reveal how much that gift from Tiffany & Co. cost?
[Laughs] To be really honest, the gift was meant to be sentimental. Because I was genuinely excited for Georgia, that she was looking for love and willing to put her heart on her sleeve. So it wasn’t about the monetary value.
But Georgia said it was a big move and a lot of people on social media thought it was the absolute wrong thing for you to do right out of the gate. What’s your response to that?
Like I said, it was about the intention behind the gift. And my intention was to show that I had tremendous respect for Georgia, who was putting her heart on her sleeve for this show. I thought a Tiffany love bracelet on her wrist was a good way to show that. I think it got taken out of context, because somebody else also gave her a bracelet, and obviously it was … you know, a different kind of bracelet from mine.
You also mentioned that it takes a strong woman to be with you. Was Georgia not strong enough for you?
No, I actually admire all of the qualities that Georgia has. I think, in my interview, what I meant was that I would love to find a girl like Georgia—somebody strong, passionate and clearly very intelligent as well.
Did you get too cocky?
No. I think I’ve worked very hard to get where I am in life. It was obviously—there’s a fine line between confident and cocky. I think it’s just the way it was shown on TV last night.
Was your portrayal fair? You seemed to be painted in a bit of a seamy light. What was it like seeing that back?
Everything is amplified in TV land. I put myself forward and the people that know me know that I do work very, very hard, and that being humble and being appreciative for what I have are strong virtues of mine. Whether that came through on the TV or not, it’s still who I am.
Why do you think Georgia wasn’t impressed?
It wasn’t that she wasn’t impressed. I think she was just looking for the strongest connection. And I didn’t take it personally because I wasn’t there for a long enough time.
Despite having been there a short time, who did Georgia seem to have the biggest spark with?
It’s early to say. They’re all lovely guys. But I think women love a fireman, so Cam might be a strong contender.
Do you regret not doing a striptease?
Not at all. I went on the show to find love and not to promote my part-time job.
So what’s next for you?
Going back to work, humbling myself and working on my professional developments. And I’m still on the search for love.
What do you mean when you say ‘humbling myself’?
Just staying humble, like I always believe that I am.
Do you think you need to be more humble after what happened here?
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