It’s happening, you guys. All of our wildest hopes and dreams are becoming a reality.
The rumours are true – they’re actually true! Everyone’s favourite Rope Access Technician (whatever that is), sayer of weird sayings (cool bananas!) and last season’s second runner-up (he was ROBBED) is going to be our 2016 Bachelor.
Rumours swelled after former Bachelorette contender and possible professional soccer player Michael Turnbull posted a very suggestive Instagram photo and caption last night. Turnbull – who came second to Sasha on the first season of The Bachelorette – shared a photo with second runner up and Australia’s most eligible man, Richie Strahan.
In a screenshot captured by the Daily Mail, Turnbull initially wrote, "I wonder where Richie has gone" alongside a winky face and some rather telling rose emojis, going on to say, "Wishing him all the best in 2016".
And now? The news has been confirmed by none other than the man himself. Speaking to NewsCorp this morning, the 30-year-old has said he was surprised when he got the call from Channel 10 producers.
“To be honest I couldn’t believe they called me up to ask,” he told the publication.
“I’m a very private person and it’s a really big decision to put yourself out in the public arena again. I found it really hard to open up on the Bachelorette last year, but the end decision was that (by doing the show) I could meet a girl who I could pretty much spend the rest of my life with. It’s a pretty big carrot.”