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What surprised Georgia Love most about The Bachelorette's viewers.

Cast your mind way, way back to… well, October 28.

‘Twas the night that stopped a nation, and broke more than a few hearts in the process.

We are referring, of course, to the night The Bachelorette‘s Georgia Love was forced to choose, once and for all, between suitors Lee Elliot and Matty “J” Johnson.

While Aussie viewers were quick to jump on Team Lee or Team Matty J, one thing was clear: we were all Team Georgia Love.

It’s so hard to know what to say in this instance. What I’d originally thought I’d be posting today was a gushy message all about love, butterflies, fireworks and just how happy @leeroyelliott makes me every day and how lucky I feel to have found the love of my life through this crazy experience. And while all of this couldn’t be more true, it’s not the most important thing to say right now. What should be one of the most exciting weeks of my life has instead turned into one of the hardest with my family going through something no one ever wants to face. But a small solace I can find in this extremely difficult time is that I have this amazing man by my side and for that I feel so lucky. He’s been so incredibly supportive and loving and managed to make me smile and laugh every day despite everything else. Thank you to everyone who’s supported us and followed my story. The messages of love and support have been overwhelming and so so humbling. Thank you thank you, from the bottom of my heart ❤️

A photo posted by GEORGIA LOVE (@georgiealove) on Oct 27, 2016 at 5:36pm PDT

When Mamamia caught up with the TV reporter-turned-reality star at Wednesday’s AACTA Awards, we had to ask the question: did the level of support she received from the audience, in particular female viewers, come as a shock?

“The nature of this kind of show and just putting yourself out there in the public eye is that of course you’re going to have people that like you and people who don’t, people who agree with you and people who don’t,” Georgia replied.

“The support I had throughout the show and afterwards has been so overwhelming.”

Georgia’s mix of wit and warmth — not to mention her tendency to let her bachelors know when they were bahving badly — won her plenty of fans during the show’s run. (Post continues after gallery.)

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That support only swelled in the days after the finale aired, when the star shared the heartbreaking news of her mother Belinda’s death from pancreatic cancer.

“I don’t know what I’ve done right to make people be so supportive, but I’m so so thankful because it’s been wonderful,” Georgia told Mamamia.

If you’re reading this, Georgia, here’s the very likely answer: you’ve simply been your delightful self.

Check out all the red carpet highlights from the AACTA Awards:

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