Whilst other contestants continued to chop and change between various partners, Shannon and Connor only had eyes – and roses – for each other.
Their future looked all the more promising when Connor asked Shannon to leave the reality TV show with him to pursue their relationship on the outside, free of the drama that came with being on the Channel 10 dating show.
“When I went into that rose ceremony I had no idea that he was about to ask me to leave,” Shannon told Mamamia. “No idea whatsoever. I was quite relieved to get out of there and [I was] under the impression we were going to have more time together.”
But soon after leaving the show, Shannon, 26, said Connor, also 26, just stopped returning her calls and messages, and the relationship ended.
You can watch Connor ask Shannon to leave with him here. Post continues after the video.
“I was trying to organise everything, and he went to LA and then it just totally stopped,” Shannon shared.
The reality TV contestant said she went through a great amount of hurt after “the communication died off and he stopped contacting me back”.
“It felt like a really bad break up.”
When the show went to air, she said it was even more difficult for her to re-watch the season and re-live their romance.
“Watching him say ‘I’m 100 per cent in’, and all this stuff he was saying at the exit interview, it wasn’t the case, so it was pretty hard to watch.”
But then Shannon said something about Connor that seems… very odd.
Connor, who came from an American season of The Bachelorette, did try to contact her once the show went to air in Australia.