This season of The Bachelorette has been replete with all our favourite elements of reality television: humiliating challenges, unexpected heartbreaks (R.I.P. Cam), a nonsensical rivalry between two peripheral personalities, and a woman who, quite frankly, is way too good for this shit.
But among all the lowbrow, manufactured drama inherent to The Bachelorette, Georgia Love has been fighting a private battle. A real one, away from the cameras and the light-hearted interviews.
The 28-year-old news presenter shared early on in the season that her mother, Belinda, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and cited her mum’s health issues as one of the reasons for leaving her job in journalism to search for love.
“I’m doing this because I realise that family and love is what is important at the end of the day,” she said to her mother during the first episode.
"Seeing how Dad has been with you has made me realise how important family is."
But just days ahead of The Bachelorette finale, Georgia Love's mother has been admitted to palliative care. Network 10 told The Daily Telegraph, "Georgia and her family are going through a very difficult time dealing with serious family health issues."
"They are focusing on supporting each other during this hard time and we kindly ask you to respect their privacy."
I simply can't imagine what she's going through right now.
It was meant to be an exciting week, where the winner is announced and Georgia's finally able to stop hiding her (hopefully) brand new relationship with Australia. Instead, she's dealing with one of the most difficult experiences a person can endure.
It's particularly disconcerting to know that while she's been doing press interviews, talking about Rhys and Sam and rose ceremonies and princess costumes, she's been silently suffering with the knowledge that her mum's condition was deteriorating.