She was the fan favourite, a down-to-earth, girl-next-door who seemed out of place on the reality TV dating show.
Then Australia watched on as Nikki fell in love with Richie, while he fell in love with Alex Nation, ultimately leaving Nikki heartbroken.
Nikki told host Tim Dormer she consciously made the decision to be herself on the show.
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The Perth real estate agent wanted the bachelor, who ended up being Richie, to meet the real her.
“If we did end up together, if we fell in love and we were together, then I was very conscious of the fact the actual filming of the show was only three months maximum,” she told Tim.
“And so if you’re going to be with someone it’s forever after that, you can’t have someone fall in love with you… and it’s not you.”
Looking back, Nikki believes things would have worked out differently if she hadn’t shown so much of herself.
“Sometimes I reflect back and I think if I played the game better or if I’d played the game, it might have been different.
“Maybe if I wasn’t so open and honest and if there was [more of a mystery about it] then… perhaps.”
Despite this, the 30-year-old told the podcast she immediately moved on once the show stopped filming.
“I loved him, he didn’t love me, that’s fine. That happens in real life all the time, where people fall in love and it’s not reciprocated,” she explained.
“At the time I respected the decision and moved on from it in that moment.”
In the period between when the show stopped filming and the series aired, Nikki tried hard to get over her heartbreak.
“That was the hard part,” she explained. “Going home, being heartbroken and not being able to talk to anyone about it.”
She then had to watch herself fall in love on TV while still nursing her broken heart.
“I was looking forward to the finale because I knew it was going to be a weight lifted,” she explained. “Just being able to be open and not lie.”
You can listen to the full interview on POPCAST: Life After Reality TV.