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Before he was The Bachelor, Matt Agnew nearly appeared on The Bachelorette... twice.

We’re one week out from the premiere of The Bachelor.

I can almost smell the roses and the awkward silences and the… cat fights.

We’ve already been introduced to our brand spankin’ new bachelor, Matt Agnew, who we know is smart because a) he wears glasses and b) he has a job that doesn’t involve being an influencer.

Anywho, Nice Young Man Matt (as my mother would call him) has been brought in to make us forget about that time a certain member of the weasel family was the bachelor and Honey Badger-ed it big time.

Said member of the weasel family came on the show, said a lot of things we didn’t quite understand about roosters and feed bags and strewths, and then chose precisely no one at the end, permanently breaking Osher’s earnest, rose-covered heart.

But do not worry because Matt is here to make it all better.

While at first it seemed like the bachie producers plucked Matt out of obscurity, it seems he’s actually been on their radar for a while now.

The astrophysicist told TV Week on Monday that he was almost cast on both Georgia Love and Sophie Monk’s seasons of The Bachelorette.

“I had applied [for The Bachelorette] in the past, but I was busy so I withdrew due to travel commitments and date clashes,” he told the publication.

Here’s everything else we know about Matt Agnew:

Who is Matt Agnew?

Matt Agnew is a 31-year-old based in Melbourne.

Since Matt was announced as Bachelor, he has been likened by many to Clark Kent on social media.

Because… glasses.

Matt, who grew up in Adelaide and Perth, holds a Master of Science in Astrophysics from Sweden’s Lund University.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he’s been a PhD candidate at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne for the past three years.

Matt isn't really around on social media - but he is on LinkedIn.

Here's what Matt's PhD entails: "The core goal of my PhD is to use numerical techniques to search for dynamically stable planet candidates in the habitable zones of all known multiple planet systems".


Matt also holds a double undergraduate degree in science and engineering.

The self confessed ice-cream enthusiast (according to his Twitter bio) is also a fan of yoga, cooking and AFL.

The 31-year-old is one of four children. His role models in life are his parents, who have been happily married for over three decades.

Why is Matt Agnew going on The Bachelor?

Posting to Instagram, Matt shared why he decided to go on the reality dating show.

"I'm still pinching myself that this is happening. It may be an unorthodox way to meet someone, but I can't wait and it'll make for a cracking 'how we met' story!" he said.


Matt said that part of what made him want to try finding love on The Bachelor was his friends settling down.

“Seeing my mates finding their partners, tying the knot and buzzing with laughter and love together, I realise I want that!”

And as for the unconventional method of finding that partner, Matt said he’s a give-everything-a-go kind of guy.

“You’ve got to give it a go, give it a chance and put your heart out there," he said.

“I’ve got a real ‘do it once, do it right’ mentality so I’ll be making sure I throw myself into it, be vulnerable and enjoy what comes from that.”

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Matt Agnew's Twitter profile picture. Image: Twitter.