Appearing in the reality show’s finale, the Honey Badger chose neither Brittany Hockley nor Sophie Tieman as the winner, leaving millions of viewers at home feeling confused.
Executing a complete media blackout as the dust settled, the former rugby union player took to the challenging bush of Papua New Guinea to complete the Kokoda track.
But it turns out the 31-year-old’s experience on reality television was far different to how it was portrayed to the country throughout the season.
Nick Cummins addresses Brittany Hockley and Sophie Tieman on The Project. Post continues after video.
Speaking to Stellar, the former Wallaby explained that being on The Bachelor took a huge toll on his mental health, at one point leading him to run away from the producers.
“I just took off into the bush. And I went there for hours and hours. I remember stripping off to my undies and laying on a rock and I said a couple of prayers… I asked whoever was listening, ‘Help. Give me some guidance and give me some energy.’ Because I was fading. My soul was going dark,” he said.
He added that the environment didn’t foster the conditions necessary to fall in love with someone, because they were never allowed to be alone.
“I said to [Brooke Blurton], which I’d said before, that everything feels a bit staged and I don’t think I can find love in this type of environment,” he told Stellar.
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