“What a giant waste of time that was.”
Yes, it’s true that even from low-stakes position of our sofas, eight weeks is a fair amount of time to commit to a matchmaking show that ends without, well, a match.
And it’s true, that a Bachelor who encourages women to pour out their feelings despite not being ready for “a life partner” right now doesn’t exactly fit the script.
But still we can’t entirely agree with Britt. Because what we saw in the closing minutes of Thursday night’s finale was a strong, authentic relationship. Compassionate, respectful, honest, balanced.
A love between two friends.
While The Honey Badger stood on New Caledonian shoreline and stared, morose, at some seaweed, as he pondered the consequences of his (non) decision, Britt and fellow finalist Sophie Tieman sought comfort in their shared heartbreak.
They embraced, they laughed through their shock, they let their tears flow openly, they leaned on each other physically and emotionally.
Any woman who’s been through a breakup will have recognised that scene, recognised the role that a close friend can play in filling the hole that’s been torn in your chest and your picture of your future.
While Britt and Sophie will no doubt have had that in the real world since, beyond the confines of Bachelor bubble, in that moment they had each other.