An awkward, drama-filled storyline for them, hours of salacious entertainment for us.
If you’re struggling to remember, here’s a quick history lesson: Mum-of-one Alex won Richie’s heart in the 2016 cycle of The Bachelor, but after dating for over a year, the couple ended things.
Since then, the Perth-based rope access technician has all but disappeared from the public eye. Alex, on the other hand, started dating a woman named Maegan Luxa, and it’s believed they were engaged. The pair has since broken up.
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According to sources speaking to New Idea, producers wanted the former contestants on the first season of Bachelor in Paradise but the timing wasn’t right. Richie was still “heartbroken” over Alex, and Alex’s relationship with Maegan was apparently “in full swing”.
But this is where things get awkward. Both contestants made the decision to return to the Bachelor franchise “totally independent of each other,” and apparently that’s exactly how
Osher the producers wanted it.
“This was meant to have a big element of surprise attached to it,” says the source, effectively ruining any chances of said surprise.
“Richie and Alex are not meant to know that the other person has been confirmed for the series. They were literally going to rock up for shooting and find each other on the set…you can only imagine how that was going to play out.”