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There was the televised time when the primary teaching student introduced herself to Matt, wearing a cheerleader outfit on the red carpet, and the tragically un-televised, post dog c**t scandal interview where she dressed up as a snake and told the camera: “This house is like a zoo and I dressed up as the biggest snake in the mansion, Abbie’s safe”.
However, there was more to the 24-year-old than her quippy interviews and bombastic on-camera presence. Speaking to Mamamia the day after her elimination, Nikki’s signature energy and zest was palpable across the phone line.
“I’m at a station, it’s called devastation and it’s because Matt – the 40-year-old lesbian – didn’t give me a rose,” she said, tongue-in-cheek.
“Gosh it’s really rude that Matt sent me home so close to Father’s Day knowing full that my dad left me as well,” she continued. Again, tongue firmly wedged in cheek.
Nikki finally has a chat with Matt and shares he softer side. Post continues below:
Apart from her comedic antics, there was a lot more to Nikki that viewers weren’t privy to.
Growing up in Sydney’s Western suburbs, her father left her and her mum, Sharon, when Nikki was a teenager, leaving them to pay off his debts. Six months later, Sharon, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, and the disease claimed her life on February 27, 2017.
Reflecting on her time in the Bachelor mansion, Nikki wishes she was able to share it with her mum.
“Everybody would ring their parents and [I couldn’t] because I don’t have any parents,” she said.
“My mum never got to see me dressed up because growing up we didn’t have a lot of money. When my dad left, we lived in poverty.