Did you have feelings for Georgia, and how strong were they?
Yeah, I did. Definitely. In the early stages, you have these amazing dates and this incredible time with her, enough to know there are feelings. It’s hard to say how strong, because you only get so much time together. But you do get upset. Going home does affect you. I really liked Georgia.
Did you know from the first night that you were into her?
I was very nervous. This was like nothing I’ve ever done. Everything that happened between the limo and the front door is a complete blur, and I remember thinking, oh my God, that poor woman – she was trying so hard to have a conversation with me and I gave her absolutely nothing. I could barely speak English. It was gibberish. I’m surprised I didn’t go home the first night given the way I was talking.
Did you think you could have made it to the end with her?
[Sighs] It’s tough – you know, up until my single date, I had thought: look at Matty J, look at Jake, look at Lee and look at Courtney. I thought: right, no way in hell I’m going to last that long. I’ll enjoy this while it lasts, spend as much time with her as I can, and hopefully develop something. Then I had my single date and it was like, whoa, you know what? Actually… we do have a lot in common and laugh at all the same things. We got along amazingly. I thought, wow, I could actually be here at the end!
Then why don’t you think it worked out?
I had a gut feeling – I can’t say why – but I wasn’t being myself completely on the night. Not in a bad way … but I was nervous, and it was a bit weird for me to have her dating other guys at same time as me. So when I did get time with her, I probably didn’t make the most of it the way that I should have. I should have been more light-hearted with my approach. I would love to have been more like Matty J, a bit smoother. I wasn’t flash. But I’m also not sure that has as much to do with me as it does with the other guys.
Has that been a problem in the past, being outshone by other guys?
[Laughs] Not since I was a young teen, I don’t think! Going for the same women that all of my mates want to be with as well … it’s kind of against all sorts of codes and friendship laws, so I don’t do it.
Georgia told WHO that dumping you was about maintaining your sanity and her peace of mind. What do you think she meant by that?
I can guess: Of everyone in house, we all agreed Georgia and I were the most similar. We shared so many interests. I told her about my family, and she spoke about hers. I knew they were similar in a lot of ways, so if I did do home visits and introduced her, I knew they would love each other. So it would have been harder to send me home after that point, for both of us.
But why wouldn’t she take the chance on maybe taking you to the end?
As much as we had some amazing chemistry and got on really well, she must have liked someone else more. We all had connections. Some were about family. Some were about passion. Some were about fun. She had to work out which one she wanted the most.
What’s your reaction to becoming a fan favourite?
I’ve been completely surprised. I watch the show at the same time as everyone else, and I think I’m the biggest dork ever! I cringe at some of the things I’m saying and doing. It’s quite off-putting, and then you hear people saying, “You were great last night!” Really?! It’s absolutely bizarre. I’m not sure what people are seeing.
What about rumblings you could be the next Bachelor?
Oh, I’d love to. And I’d consider it, but there are a few things I’d have to get through. I think I’d be more confident because I wouldn’t have guys like Lee or Matty J or Sammy competing with me. At the same time, I would have to send girls home. I’m not sure I could do that. I’d probably send myself home on the first night.
Who is Georgia going to choose?
Matty J is a unicorn. He’s a good-looking, well-dressed, well-educated, funny and quick-witted guy. So amazing. Then there’s Lee, who must be a robot because I swear there is not a thing wrong with him, besides the fact he cannot sing. He’s perfection. But Courtney and Jake had connections, too. So I can’t pick. I’ll let Georgia do it. That’s the hard part, and I’ll leave it to her.
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