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"I’m hurt and a little blindsided." What we know about Locky Gilbert and Brooke Jowett's relationship.

It’s that time of year again.

After being voted out of the current season of Australian Survivor: All Stars, Locklan ‘Locky’ Gilbert has been named as our new Bachelor for 2020.

The 30-year-old, who previously appeared on season two of Australian Survivor, is an adventure guide, experienced cave diver, base jumper, mountaineer and athlete.

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Locky, who is based in Perth, previously hinted at his new role, telling NW he would definitely be up for swapping tribal council for the Bachelor mansion.

“I’d love to give it a crack,” he said.

Speaking to 10 Daily, Locky shared that he hopes to find a “best friend” on the reality show.

“I’m pretty content with my life at the moment. I go on these crazy adventures, but I’d love someone to share the memories with,” he told the publication.

“I’ve got best friends, but I want to find that one best friend that I can spend the rest of my life with. This is an amazing opportunity to hopefully find someone special at the end.”

Interestingly, however, Locky was actually linked to fellow Australian Survivor: All Stars contestant Brooke Jowett during filming late last year.

Locky Gilbert and Brooke Jowett’s relationship.

In the season currently airing, Locky and Brooke were nicknamed “king and queen” and “husband and wife” among the other contestants thanks to their close relationship.

“It was instant, like, you’re my person,” Brooke, 27, told TV Week of meeting Locky for the first time.

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“We’d chatted a bit through Instagram beforehand – nothing crazy, just talking about travel – but I thought he was cute too. As soon as we got there, we were joined at the hip,” she added.

“I trusted him from the start, and it was nice to have someone who made you feel good and not miss home so much.”

Throughout the show, Locky even built a “double bed out of bamboo” to share with Brooke.

Speaking to The Daily TelegraphBrooke admitted that she wasn’t expecting to start something with Locky.

“I definitely didn’t enter the game thinking I would have a romance with anyone,” she said.

In the same interview, Locky also confirmed the pair’s showmance, adding that they kept PDA to a minimum.

“There was never too much PDA anywhere on the island, just hugs and some cuddles I guess. Remember we haven’t showered in ages,” he admitted.

“Even though Brooke seemed stunning every day.”

 

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Always take care of the ones close to you xoxo. . #myrideordie #powercouple #livetofightanotherday

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Speaking to TV Week on Monday, Brooke shared that her relationship with Locky didn’t translate into the real world after filming wrapped.

“He’s in Perth and Bali, and I’m in Melbourne. His work means he’d want me to go to him, but I won’t leave my family and my dog. I’m also really focused on my career,” she told the publication.

“It’s a lot more difficult in the real world than it was out there.”

In early February, Locky told Perth Now he and Brooke still spoke “fairly often”, but he was definitely single.

Despite that, however, Brooke told TV Week that a relationship between the pair wasn’t completely off the cards.

“I think he’s great. I won’t be having his child anytime soon,” she said.

“It’s still on the cards. We haven’t completely written it off, it’s just very complicated with the distance. It’s such an obstacle,” she said.

Well. That’s… a little awkward.

On Mamamia’s Instagram post announcing the news, one fan questioned whether Brooke had, in fact, been “blindsided” by the news.

“I think the producers who chose him have,” fellow Survivor contestant Moana Hope responded.

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On Thursday night, Brooke confirmed via an Instagram post that she had been "blindsided" by Locky's new reality TV venture.

"Yes, I’m hurt and a little blindsided (excuse the pun) but I wish the best for Locky, I always will. (Secretly I hope he stacks it and splits his pants on day one)," she wrote.

"I guess we had different things planned in our heads for what was to come over the next few months but you can’t be mad at someone for doing what they feel is best for them, even if it does sting a little."

While she hinted that the pair had planned a trip to Bali, she assured fans that there were no hard feelings on her side.

"In no way am I or is my Survivor experience defined by Locky or any other man. I was never hiding in his shadow in the game and I won’t be hiding in his shadow now. But I will always cherish those times we shared, it was an amazing life experience," she continued.

"Thank you all for your supportive messages I know I have bigger and better things in store (maybe not bigger actually, Locky is pretty bloody big) but definitely better. ⁣I hope he finds what he’s looking for.

"P.S It looks like I’m now going solo to Bali next month. Any takers?"

Yikes.

 

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My side of our story. Yes, I’m hurt and a little blindsided (excuse the pun) but I wish the best for Locky, I always will ???? (Secretly I hope he stacks it and splits his pants on day one) Haha.⁣ ⁣ I guess we had different things planned in our heads for what was to come over the next few months but you can’t be mad at someone for doing what they feel is best for them, even if it does sting a little. ⁣ ⁣ In no way am I or is my Survivor experience defined by Locky or any other man. I was never hiding in his shadow in the game and I won’t be hiding in his shadow now. But I will always cherish those times we shared, it was an amazing life experience.⁣ ⁣ Thank you all for your supportive messages ❤ I know I have bigger and better things in store (maybe not bigger actually, Locky is pretty bloody big) but definitely better. ⁣ ⁣ I hope he finds what he’s looking for???? ⁣ ⁣ P.S It looks like I’m now going solo to Bali next month. Any takers? #survivorau #survivor2020

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Locky Gilbert and Jordan Cayless' relationship.

Prior to meeting Brooke on All Stars, Locky was in a long-term relationship with his ex-girlfriend Jordan Cayless, who appeared on the most recent season of Love Island Australia.

The couple dated for several years before they split in early 2019.

On Love Island Australia, Jordan was first linked to Eoghan Murphy, before having a brief relationship with Matthew Zukowski.

 

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While appearing on Australian Survivor in 2017, Locky admitted that Jordan was worried that he would cheat on her on the show.

"She's a little worried about me," Locky told The Kyle and Jackie O Show at the time.

"Girls are ruthless, they will straight up send nudes."

 

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In the same interview, Locky admitted the pair made a few rules before he appeared on the reality show.

"We watched a few Survivor seasons together and she was like, 'Oh no you're going to have to cuddle people,'" Locky said.

"We had a cuddling rule, like no touching at the waist and stuff."

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