Justin, we're devastated.
I’m feeling devastated too, it’s so shitty but what can you do,
Tell me how it went down
Sophie broke the news and said ‘There will be two guys going” and "The public has voted and the guy who had the lowest votes is … Elias" so he left. And then it was “Someone else will be going.” it was down to Eden because he got the most votes and he had to take on that responsibility and he had to pick somebody to help him and that was Erin. And it’s really, really pretty crap to know that Eden and Erin didn’t think I deserved to be there over Jaxon.
The show changed the rules on you, because you had a good thing going with Millie
I feel like my position with Millie, we had a great friendship and really quite strong. We love our banter, we’re like an old married couple. She’s like a female version of me. I love her so much and she pisses me off, like I piss myself off. I love being very playful with her and cheeky as well. It is a great relationship and to think Jaxon’s just been in there for a little while and I don’t think any of the girls are really interested in Jaxon. So it is kind of sad to think that my opportunity was taken from me based on Eden and Erin’s decision, not the public.
How did Millie take it?
Millie was devastated. It breaks my heart. She made my life so much easier, we had each other’s back. We could rely on each other to get through difficult parts. We were able to rely on each other and support each other. She’s an amazing girl.
Do you think eden and Erin's decision was strategic, because Millie is now vulnerable as well?
I don’t know, I think Millie is such a likeable person. Every guy who has come into the villa, literally, has just had his eyes on Millie. And I’m eyeing them off, protective, like, don’t you dare, if you break her heart, I’m going to kill you. I hope Millie does find someone and I hope it wasn’t strategic. At the same time I’m willing to take it as a compliment, if I’m a threat to either of them.
We all want to know, was there anything romantic between you and Millie?
Oh, oh I don’t know (awkward laughs). It’s hard to say. I can be cheeky but—not to be so full on— she has got a banging body, she is gorgeous. I can’t stop looking at her body and her cheeky bum. There is sexual attraction.
Were there night-time cuddles?
No, there wasn’t! I get a little bit nervous because I felt like I was friend-zoning her, she was friend-zoning me. You know, I didn’t want to work off a feeling, especially down there with that guy, because that guy’s brain doesn’t really work well. I just didn’t want to hurt her feelings if she then did feel something for me or vice a versa, if I started to feel something for her. It became a little bit scary for me to put myself out there.
Was there anyone for you in there?
I felt like me and Tayla had something in the beginning and that didn’t really work out, it wasn’t reciprocated, she didn’t feel the same way. I was just kind of waiting for someone to take my breath away and sweep myself off my feet while hopefully sweeping them of their feet.
You’ve addressed rumours of your sexuality. How do you feel about the boys of Australia fancying you?
If they think I’m cool, I think, ‘thank you for your support!’ I’m all for same-sex marriage and everything. I think if two people love each other, love is love.
Who will you catch up with after it’s all done and dusted?
Grant and Tayla and Millie and Josh, I reckon, hands down. Josh and I in the beginning didn’t get along that well. I didn’t really know if he was in the villa for the right reasons. I felt like there was a bit of strategy happening there but then you do see everyone opening up a bit more and a bit more vulnerable. You do see emotions flying around. Definitely Tayla and Grant, they are my favourite couple, and Millie, I love her to death and Josh, because he is an absolute laugh. He’s such a cool guy, he’s hilarious.
If they gave you the opportunity to go back in?
I don’t know, it’s a 50-50 right now. Feelings are fresh, emotions up in the air. I’m still feeling devastated, really gut-wrenched at the idea that two of the people … I didn’t see that coming, it was a shock to me. I thought Erin and I were really close and Eden and I, two alphas in the house. I think we’re both a threat to one another, even though he was in a relationship and I wasn’t. If someone came into the house and I was in a relationship, I would be showing a lot more than what they are showing each other. I’m one of those guys that if I fall, and I like someone, oh, my heart flutters and I’m flying over everybody and no-one else exists. [Ed note: Awwwwww……]
I’m a New Yorker, I plan on heading back to America and pursuing my career. I do hope to go back home and see my mum and dad and my nephew who I love. He’s six. I do walk down the street and people think he’s my kid and that makes me feel really good that I’m seen as a father. I want a kid now!
Last message to Australia.
Love is still out there and I’m going to keep trying.
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