It was particularly cruel timing.
Love had spent three months filming the reality show, no doubt certain she’d have more time with her mum, who died just six months after receiving her diagnosis.
My heart is utterly broken. 7 weeks ago we were sipping cocktails in Italy. 7 months ago you weren’t even sick. How is it possible you’re no longer here? Mum, you were my first friend and my best friend, my rock, the one who knew me better than anyone in the world and who supported and backed me through every single thing I did. You were the one I went to for advice, the one I shared every story with and the one who was always there to pick me up. There is so much more I need and want to share with you. I have no idea how to even begin to say goodbye. I love you, Mum, and will continue to every single day. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”
During the show, Love met and fell in love with Melbourne plumber Lee Elliott, who she was only able to see secretively a handful of times between when filming ended and the finale aired.
But the excitement of finally being able to be public about their relationship was almost immediately eclipsed by Love’s family tragedy.
Speaking to Stacey June and Kristie Mercer for The Thinkergirls Pod Channel, Love recalled the night her mother died, which was also the second night she had ever spent with Lee.
“Our second night as a couple was spent with him literally holding me as I screamed and shook for hours and hours and hours,” she said, her voice cracking.
“I didn’t say anything, I just screamed for hours.
“I really can’t imagine anyone else in the world having been like that with me then. And he didn’t freak out, he stepped up, he messaged everybody I knew that day to say, ‘hi, I’m Lee, I’m Georgia’s boyfriend, I’m just letting you know that this has happened’.
“He went out and he cooked for my whole family, he met everyone in one go.”
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Love said that period – the days, weeks and months following her mother’s death – might actually have been harder on Lee than it was on her.