Mackane "Mack" Reid was eliminated from The Bachelorette last night and the Perth-based business owner discusses why he and Sophie didn't work and how the two of them discussed his previous relationship.
We didn’t expect to see you just yet. Did you expect to leave so soon?
Thank you (laughs) but from the outset I didn’t feel that spark that I was really searching for, that compatibility. And I must have missed, like, every rose ceremony that my name got called out to get a rose I was like ‘oh my goodness’. So it was a massive surprise to last so long through the process because I just didn’t think she was genuinely interested in me, as far as love goes.
So you didn’t have any chemistry?
Yeah, it was more – I felt as if she kept giving me roses because she saw me as a friend. She saw me as a good friend, and I’d like to think that I was always making sure she was comfortable, always topping off her drink, making sure that she was getting along with the other guys. Just making sure that she was comfortable in my presence and that she was happy, because that’s what I want out of people.
Did you watch last night’s episode?
Unfortunately, (laughs) I did watch last night’s episode.
Who did you watch it with?
I watched it with my beautiful mother and my beautiful sister thank goodness. I couldn’t imagine two better people to watch it with. It was cringe-worthy to say the least. A gross understatement.
What did you think when she said it was like a backstage pass winner?
Well, it’s understandable. It’s understandable. She’s got every right to. I was a blubbering mess last night and it was sort of like that. Leading up to that point – what you don’t see, leading up to that point – is that I’m, every single interview they ask a question that’s like ‘Are you wanting this one on one conversation? Are you wanting this single date?’ and I plead my case and I express my emotion. I’m like yeah, I really want this, I want this more than anything. That’s what I’m here for, to see if we have that compatibility.
And I finally got it last night, and leading up to it, that whole group date was a really emotionally intense night. And I was super excited about it, but because it was just a really uncomfortable and awkward situation the whole night - the questions were asked as they bring family memorabilia. To get that one-on-one time with her, it was just like, oh this is not good and obviously it didn’t end that well.
Do you regret fangirling?
Yeah somewhat. It’s well documented and it is huge across the media that I’ve got a massive crush on her, and it’s like a boy crush, and yes of course I’d say that. I just wish it hadn’t been so much as – I just it hadn’t been given as much air time.
Yeah, I sort of do, I’m just smitten by her. A crush. They just, it seems like they replay that over and over and over again. Yeah, it seems like I was a desperato. You know, desperate for Sophie’s time.
It came across that way, especially after five weeks of waiting to get that time, it was like I really want to make this work. I was really excited. And they showed the absolute worst bits of that one-on-one time with her and what they didn’t show – she asked me quite a few questions, about myself, about my history, she was like ‘oh have you been hurt before’, and then I elaborate, like well we’ve all been hurt before but you’ve grown from the experience and that’s the reason I’m here today. And she was like ‘have you been cheated on’, and I was like, yeah, I have been cheated on and it was a tragic time, and it was terrible I was in a six-year relationship.
And they don’t show any of that, they don’t show any of me talking about my history. They just show me pausing so many times and giving her compliments, and I do give people compliments. And I also gave her a stone that my sister had given to me to give to her for good luck, and they didn’t show that at all. It left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth but still, I gave it my all and she parted ways with me – she didn’t give me a rose – but she was very heartfelt in her decision, I’m sure. And it was probably a good way for me to go, because I didn’t see myself lasting that long into the process.
Are you dating anyone at the moment?
No. No, very much single.
Are you on Tinder?
No. No, I don’t think I’m going to get on Tinder again, to be perfectly honest.
You’ve been on it?
Yeah, I’ve dabbled with it from time to time. On and off again. I have a love-hate relationship with Tinder (laughs). But I don’t think, I don’t like to let my communicating – I’m really out and about these days, going out regularly and meeting thousands of people.
I find with Tinder and a lot of these dating apps, you probably spend a lot of time and give a lot of energy into texting someone, whereas in the outside world you can see whether you’re compatible, maybe within a couple of minutes of talking to someone. So I don’t know if I’ll jump back into Tinder or any dating app any time soon.
Who do you think will win?
Oh, there’s who I think will win and who I want to win.
I really want my man Jimmy, obviously, my brother Jimmy, who is like Australia’s sweetheart at the moment. He’s very cute (laughs). This is the thing with Jimmy and I, like we are quite similar. And I would consider Jimmy to have quite a few awkward moments with Sophie. But the music me and the music with him completely portrayed us as different individuals. But my hat’s off to him, I absolutely love him and I think there were a lot of awkward moments with him as well, but I want him to fly the flag for us and I think Stew will win obviously I think there’s a lot going on for him.
Do you think they have a connection though, from what you’ve seen together in group dates with Sophie and Stew?
Yeah, absolutely. I was worried about it, as soon as he got out of that chopper. There was definitely a sparkle in her eye, and he’s charismatic and they had great communication between one another. And he didn’t seem – the whole occasion didn’t seem to unsettle him at all. He was just a man about it, not like me I was a little boy about it, he was a man. So good on him, I do think they have a connection.
Would you go onto the Bachelor in Paradise?
I haven’t thought about it too much to be honest.
Did you enjoy it, would you go back on to TV?
I love being on TV and I think that sounds like a very, very different process. The two things that I really missed, or the two things that I really learnt about myself were the fact that I need ocean regularly, I need to see the ocean at least regularly. I’m a water baby. And female communication. Like there would be days on end when we wouldn’t see females at all. And it has nothing to do with intimacy, it’s just that I like to communicate with females because we can go on a bit of a deeper level and that’s probably why I got along with Luke and Sam and Apollo because they were able to go to that deeper level.
So, Bachelor in Paradise, I don’t know. If it’s set on a beach somewhere and there are other females then I think that would really suit me and I’d really come out of my shell and I think if I went on another TV show and I was really comfortable with other people, I think I’d take the risk again.