When Tara left The Bachelor last night full of teary eyes and crestfallen smiles, she appeared every bit the heartbroken contestant – picked up by the whirlwind that is reality television only to be dropped as fast as she rose.
Australia collectively sighed, and then swiftly picked up their pitchforks, damning a man that broke the heart of the contestant they loved so much.
Except, well, less than 24 hours later, we all looked like the damn fool. I didn’t have my heart broken, Tara told us from the press circuit. Because of course, a broken heart assumes love. And she was never in love, she says.
First, the 27-year-old told TV Week she “really couldn’t give a s**t about Matty”.
Then, in an interview with Now To Love, she said she was “fine”.
“I was never in love with him, so I was fine as soon as I didn’t get a rose. Actually, he looked more upset than me!”
She went on:
“As soon as I didn’t get a rose, reality clicked in.
“I forgot for a second I was on a show and I realised all the emotions were heightened because of the bubble I was in.”
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“I think because I realised everything was super heightened and I wouldn’t have fallen like that for someone in the real world, everything is rushed! So I was totally fine.”