Bachelor Blake Garvey has spoken to Woman’s Day magazine about his decision to end his relationship with winner Sam Frost.
But his comments will raise questions about the edit of the finale that was presented to viewers.
“Being back in reality, in a long-distance relationship, having unfiltered contact and really getting to know each other more,” he said.
“It highlighted that Sam is someone I absolutely love and care for but not in the way of a romantic partner. I realised there was a change over the six weeks – the chemistry changed.
“It didn’t feel like what I expected or hoped for. I had an idea of how we’d be together and I went on my gut instinct. I had fears and doubts like anyone and unfortunately they were realised.”
Viewers who watched a proposal air on Thursday night’s finale will curious about when the relationship ended.
It raises questions about whether the finale should have edited out the proposal and simply left it with his choice of winner, which would have been a fairer account of events.
Sam Frost told the magazine, “I burst into tears to be honest. I’m so numb at the moment. Just trying to process it all.
“I was completely blindsided. At the end of the day I think he was too confused emotionally to know what he wanted.”
While the show has attracted plenty of interest, the fallout could also raise concerns about whether the audience is ready to buy into the brand again in 2015.
Both Blake and Sam will speak to The Project tonight.