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When Helena Sauzier walked into her final rose ceremony on The Bachelor, bachie Matt Agnew looked at her.
It was then she knew she was going home.
Speaking to Mamamia after her elimination on Wednesday night’s episode, the 25-year-old health and wellness coach from Perth said she had already prepared herself to leave by the time Osher came in and whispered at her that she had not received a rose, which is why she appeared so level-headed while saying goodbye to Matt.
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“I definitely cried when I was finally out of the whole situation, when I got back to my hotel,” Helena said. “At the time I kept composed because I didn’t really want to make a scene, I wanted to be graceful when I left.”
Matt sent her home after complaining that she was not being as open about her feelings as the other remaining contestants Chelsie and Abbie. Watching it back, Helena understands why Matt thought she could’ve been holding back.
“Watching it last night I was like ‘Oh wow,’ at the stuff [Abbie and Chelsie] were saying, especially with Abbie saying ‘I love you’. I definitely wasn’t at that stage. I was definitely at the stage where I could see myself falling in love with him, but at that stage it was just a very strong connection.
“I’m a bit more of a slow burn, but I think realistically after [a total of] 10-12 hours together, to say ‘I love you’ – I don’t know, I think it’s a bit unrealistic to be honest.”
Understandably, she wasn’t going to pretend her feelings were stronger than they were or try and force herself to move faster in order to keep Matt happy.