Last night’s The Bachelor was the most brutal finale we’ve ever witnessed. But for the women at the centre of it – Sophie Tieman and Brittany Hockley – it was so much harder to watch. You know, having lived it and all once before.
After the finale aired both women shared emotional posts on Instagram, telling followers and Bachelor fans exactly how they were feeling: then and now weeks on.
“‘Wowee.’ Living it the first time was so hard, but reliving it tonight was something else,” Brittany wrote.
The 31-year-old’s disappointment in being told she wasn’t the one for Nick Cummins – and neither was Sophie – was clear.
“After a very long and incredible journey, I found myself standing at the end with a full heart and excited at the prospect of a happy future with Nick,” she wrote.
“I believe everything happens for a reason, and by this point I truly believed I was meant to come here and meant to meet Nick.
“I was in disbelief and thought surely this was the reason I hadn’t met anyone in a long time.
“But that is not the case.”
The radiographer thanked her fellow bachelorettes and the show’s crew for the journey, as well as her family and fans for supporting her “from the bottom of my broken heart”.
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‘Wowee.’ Living it the first time was so hard, but reliving it tonight was something else.???? After a very long and incredible journey, I found myself standing at the end with a full heart and excited at the prospect of a happy future with Nick. I believe everything happens for a reason, and by this point I truly believed I was meant to come here and meant to meet Nick. From the very beginning we connected on so many levels, some you saw, and some you unfortunately didn’t. I was in disbelief and thought surely this was the reason I hadn’t met anyone in a long time. But that is not the case. Unfortunately it is not my time.???? I gave it my all and was always true to myself, honest and risked it for the biscuit. I wore my heart on my sleeve and I’m proud of myself for putting myself out there. Whilst this is not my happy ending, I made the most beautiful friends, and I am so grateful to have had Soph there with me at the end. She is truly my rock. I’m leaving with a heavy heart, but I’d like to say to all the girls that I shared this adventure with, thank you for the journey, the laughs and the memories, they will last a lifetime. To all the crew, soundies, cameramen, make up artists, stylists, production, runners, photographers, Osher, all the behind the scenes, you beautiful souls. I saw some of your hearts break when mine did, you know who you are, thank you for treating me so well always, and always making me laugh when I needed it. You made this whole experience that much greater. My family have been my rocks and really helped me through this. It’s been so hard to keep this to ourselves and deal with it on our own. Everyone that ever supported me on this crazy rollercoaster, thank you from the bottom of my broken heart. I love love and I have to believe this is just setting me on the path I’m supposed to be on. You can be sure I’ll keep on searching. Britt ✌???? ???? Xx @thebachelorau #thebachelorau #love #womensupportingwomen
Meanwhile, Sophie, who famously struggled to express her feelings with Nick, said she found the post “extremely difficult” to write.