“I’ve had injuries, I’ve been in a wheelchair, all that stuff doesn’t compare to what you actually have to go through on something like that.”
Having members of the public question his motives for entering the Bachelor mansion only added to his emotional turmoil.
“You go in there, I’ve got a chance at finding the girl for me here then all of a sudden you’re sending girls home,” he explained.
“I’m not a rude bloke, I feel I’m pretty honest and fair. Every time a girl was sent home at least one would come up and say, ‘Are you okay?’ I wasn’t.
"It’s terrible sending someone home when you don’t actually know them that well and they could be the one. You’re sending a nice girl home in tears. It’s tough,” Nick added.
Soon after the finale aired, Nick fled to Papua New Guinea for eight days to walk the Kokoda Trail and raise money for the Zahra Foundation. He had limited phone reception and as there was no way for the media frenzy to find him, it made it the perfect setting to prioritise his mental health.
“I don’t regret it,” he told The Daily Telegraph at his first public appearance after the show aired. “I didn’t enjoy it a great deal but I don’t regret it because I learnt a lot.”
The time away from the spotlight taught Nick the value of speaking up when you’re struggling, which is why he now spends his spare time running camping trips in the bush to help others do just that.
"It's the biggest killer of young men. Country suicide rates are through the roof,” Nick previously told Now To Love.
What happens during the camping trips is simple: they catch fish to cook over the open fire and chat about what's weighing on them.
“After, they’re so light again,” he added.
Honey Badger is set to make his return to reality TV this Sunday night on SAS Australia alongside the likes of Schapelle Corby, Roxy Jacenko and Ali Oetjen.