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Two years ago, Australia had a lot of feelings about Nick Cummins. Now he's back on reality TV.

Two years ago, Nick Cummins (AKA the Honey Badger) became the first Bachelor in Australia's history to not choose a winner. 

He had the country hooked with his larrikin-esque charm and cheeky jokes – with fans well and truly strapped in for his journey to love and a happy ending.

Nick Cummins will appear on new Channel 7 show, SAS Australia. Watch the trailer below. Post continues after video.


Video via Channel Seven.

So when he flew his final two – Brittany Hockley and Sophie Tieman – over to New Caledonia, dumped them both and fled into the jungle, it was… a lot.

"Right now, I can't give 100 per cent to you. My head is very clouded. Right now, I'm a little bit lost," he told Hockley, before delivering a similar speech to Tieman. 

The question being directed at Cummins post-ghosting looked something like: "Why did he go on a show about finding love, if he wasn't ready to find love?"

A few months after the finale aired and the public scrutiny had somewhat died down, Cummins finally spoke.

"People are so brainwashed, you’re not going to get your fairytale ending every time," he told ABC Radio National in December 2018.

"What’s more important: me just saying 'yes' and going through the motions and dragging some girl through all the media about how we’re in love and then three months down the track after the contract’s over, we’re allowed to break up?" he continued, seemingly confirming there is a contractual agreement to stay together after The Bachelor.

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In June 2019, we got more answers and a bit of an insight into how the fallout from the show affected the former Wallaby.

In a chat with Stellar he explained that The Bachelor took a huge toll on his mental health and he said the environment didn't foster the conditions necessary to fall in love with someone, because they were never allowed to be alone.

"It really gave me direction and forced me to understand that meaning is a non-negotiable. You have to have that in your life," he said.

"We are on this earth for a reason, and that’s to make a difference in someone else’s life."

After being shaken by the experience, Cummins found himself heading back to the bush and nature. It was this journey that led him to establish Rogue Gentlemen’s Club; a group therapy business that provides excursions for men who want to unplug and reconnect with themselves and nature.

A quick peek at the website and the club is described as Cummins' "passion project", a way to "share what he has learned about manhood from a life packed with adventure and challenge". The missions to farms, islands, and mountain ranges last between two nights and 10 and are all about off-grid freedom; hiking, foraging and camping in the Australian wilderness.

A life of adventure is exactly what the Honey Badger is living and breathing now two years on from his Bachelor disaster.

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He's shied away from the usual post-reality route of event launches, public romances and sponsored social media content. Instead, he's been travelling the world and raising awareness for not just men's health but other causes close to his heart. In South Africa, he educated his 439,000 followers on the horrors of rhino poaching.

He's also been lending his name to Tradie underwear, Volkswagen, GoPro, Samsung and BCF, some of whom have been following his travels and incorporating his love for nature in their advertising campaigns.

Despite losing a huge chunk of followers in the wake of the show, two years on Cummins has doubled his reach and appears stronger and more at peace than ever.

Now, two years on from his time on The Bachelor, Cummins will join Schapelle Corby, Merrick Watts, Candice Warner, and Roxy Jacenko on Channel Seven's new reality show, SAS Australia.

"We have an absolutely killer celebrity cast who are all in for a shock. SAS Australia is no game – it is the toughest test. The course is brutal, and it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do there is no special treatment which makes for utterly engrossing television," Angus Ross, Channel Seven’s director of programming, told Mumbrella.

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Chief instructor Ant Middleton added: "There is no set mould for passing SAS selection. You need courage, determination, that never give up attitude but ultimately the strength of mind to carry on, even when faced with your demons and biggest fears." 

Amid filming for the show, Cummins has been linked to fellow Bachelor alumni, Ali Oetjen.

"Nick is definitely Ali’s type in every way," a source told New Idea. 

"I could totally see these two together."

But despite the rumours, Cummins hasn't been focused on love at all in recent years, telling Stellar he is "gun shy" and has developed "trust issues" post The Bachelor.

Despite telling the publication "I'm not looking", the former Bachie, who is currently single, says he is still open to finding that special someone.

SAS Australia premieres on Channel Seven on October 19.

Feature Image: Instagram.

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