Matt Agnew is taking the road less travelled by The Bachelor alumni

Former Bachelor Matt Agnew talks to WHO about sobriety, dating and using his platform to educate
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While he might be a former reality star, Matt Agnew is taking the road less travelled by The Bachelor alumni.

The 35-year-old astrophysicist has returned to the spotlight, not with a boxing match or a podcast, but with his first book, Dr Matt’s Guide to Life in Space. 

In conversation with WHO, Agnew candidly speaks about keeping a low profile when it comes to his personal life and why it doesn’t stop him from taking to Instagram to speak on social issues and science… 

Watch Below: Matt Agnew breaks Abbie Chatfield’s heart in the Bachelor finale

On Sobriety 

March marked two years sober for Agnew, 35, and while he speaks confidently about his new-found love for alcohol-free beer, he admits it took 12 months to be entirely comfortable turning down a drink with friends.  

“You do stand out when you’re not drinking and there’s this line of enquiry where people need to understand why you aren’t drinking. There needs to be some kind of rationale behind it,” he explains.  

“Alcohol is the only drug where people ask you why you’re not doing it – no-one asks why you’re not doing heroin.” 

Agnew no longer considers himself a drinker and has developed a mindful relationship with alcohol. 

He explains that for him, drinking can elevate an event, but never needs be the whole experience. 

“I don’t think sobriety needs to be something binary, like complete sobriety or complete drinking.”

Matt Agnew
Happy with a low-profile personal life. (Credit: Instagram)

On dating in the public eye

While The Bachelor put Agnew’s dating life on a national stage (famously dumping Abbie Chatfield on a rock in Africa), now he tries to keep it off his audience’s radar.  

“I’m actually a fairly private person and I do try to set clear boundaries by not sharing much about my dating life,” he says.  

“Social media plays a part in giving people unfettered access to people’s lives and I think the problem with that is that it can quickly lead to this entitlement where people think, ‘Not only do I have access, but I have the right to know what’s going on in all aspects of your life, including the intimate details.’ 

“It’s healthy for everyone really, to set those boundaries.” 

Matt Agnew
Agnew says his main interest is honing his academic background to debunk scientific jargon. (Credit: Instagram)

On using his platform

Though Agnew acknowledges social media is not his top priority, he won’t shy away from raising awareness for issues that some in the public eye would not consider their “brand or place”.  

“I am in a position of privilege as a cis-white male and I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to spread awareness about various issues,” he explains. 

“Some people might not want to rock the boat by sharing similar content, but there are groups that are having their boat rocked whether they like it or not.”  

The content in question spans from mental health awareness to the overturning of Roe versus Wade. 

Matt Agnew
Matt was The Bachelor in 2019. (Credit: Ten)

However, Agnew says his main interest is honing his academic background to debunk scientific jargon. 

“I try to distil the information down into something that anyone can consume and then that kind of helps people understand why those overarching decisions were made for the public,” he explains.  

Agnew’s aim to “cut the fat off” of science is largely the premise of his new book, as he investigates life beyond earth.  

“The premise is to not only make science accessible, but engaging and entertaining,” Matt explains. 

“There’s a point through our development where when you’re a child, science is really exciting and often that is lost through not thinking you’re intelligent enough or you’re too nerdy, but really science can be for everyone.”

Dr Matt’s Guide to Life in Space by Matt Agnew (Allen & Unwin $32.99). Out now! Buy it here.  

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