When Sam Cochrane dropped to a single knee on the finale of Bachelor in Paradise to propose to Tara Pavlovic, Tara truly had no idea what was happening. After all, they’d only been dating for four weeks.
“I didn’t have any idea it was happening, it was big surprise,” Tara tells Mamamia. “We did have some casual chats about it in Paradise and at first I was very against the idea, but also, I was so in love with him. He would sometimes say, if I asked you to marry me, would you say yes? And I told him yes.”
She waited for a little while, though, before telling her family.
“I didn’t tell anyone in my family until they met him, I just wanted them to meet him before I told them.
“It was really hard, it was such a long time [keeping it secret]. It was testing. When you get engaged, you want to tell everyone and we just couldn’t. And then Channel 10 put the proposal in all the ads which was really hard. I had no idea they were going to do that. People began asking us if it was us and obviously I am not going to lie to my friends.”
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She says the hardest part, for them, outside the bubble that is reality TV was adapting to the fact they didn’t do everything together all the time.
“I guess [the hardest thing] was not being able be together and do stuff together all the time – it was a big change. In paradise we were free to do whatever, and we didn’t have to hide and suddenly we came home and we had to be house bound.”