But it didn’t happen. What do you think Richie saw in the others that he didn’t see in you?
I know that he’s a fun and friendly guy, but he’s also soft spoken. He’s not necessarily an aggressive person. And because I’m very boisterous, maybe our energies and personalities just weren’t as well-suited to each other. I do want to see one of the others still left in the house find love with him, because they’re all incredible.
Well, then… who are you tipping to win?
It’s hard to say because it seems he’s got strong connections with all of them. I do know he has a very strong bond with Nikki. She was quietly confident in the house, and we didn’t know the extent of what they shared. She didn’t shed a bead of sweat at any of the rose ceremonies, so there must have been something pretty serious going on there.
Looking back, what would you say was the high point in the mansion? And the low point?
I think the down time with the girls was the high point. Getting to know them, to talk to them and hear them say positive things to me and tell me nice things about myself on a daily basis… there were beautiful, warm-hearted people in that house. And it was a nice change from Sydney, where you feel you get so much competition sometimes. So the quality time I had with them was it. The low point would have been the weeks leading up to my departure. I was really starting to feel conflicted as to whether or not to stay or walk out. I didn’t want to just leave and look like I was ungrateful for the time I’d been given in the house.
Did you and Keira ever get a chance to patch things up after your run-in?
Yeah, look – 35 seconds of heated words in a 24-hour day is not the biggest thing ever. We chatted the next day. I’ve read some of the stuff she’s said about me in some articles, but you know, just because we don’t see eye to eye doesn’t mean we are enemies.
Has anybody called you “peasant” on the street?
I do think it’s quite childish to call people names. But it was entertaining , and I did have a good ol’ laugh over all ot. I don’t condone nastiness, but if anything it brought us closer. That was a very funny couple of weeks—I mean, the way it happened! She asked me to talk to her, then she didn’t want to talk to me… it was just a big ol’ contradiction.
Have you seen all of the nude selfies that Megan and Tiffany have been putting up online lately? What do you think of those?
I have seen those. Megan’s a pretty fun-loving, eclectic girl and I don’t think she really cares what others think. They have a pretty special friendship… it was certainly individual to the ones the others had in the house. I think they like causing a bit of controversy, and it’s just hilarious. They’re just having fun on the back end of the show. Good for them.
What did you learn about yourself doing this?
I always knew that I was very resilient. But I came to realise I have some big walls up, and in the face of fear I do clam up. I want to work on that. I want to be more open and honest, and let people in more. I guess that’s how you truly fall in love with someone. I’ve learnt that’s what I need to start doing.
What’s next for Kiki?
Right now I’m just trying to get through Steptember. It’s a charity initiative and I’ve got to take 10,000 steps a day. Doing things for other people really gets me into a good place.
What about dating? Have you returned to the playing field?
Well, right now things are a bit iffy. Who can I trust now? I don’t know just yet. So I’ve just started to dip my toe back in a bit. I’ll keep dipping it in and see how it feels for now.
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