While contestant Pete was sent off with the general ‘you didn’t receive a rose’ spiel from Osher – sorry Pete – the evening’s first elimination was far more dramatic.
Quick recap if you weren’t watching (and there’s a good chance you weren’t): mid rose ceremony, the camera zoomed in on a distressed Ali holding her next rose. After a few loud, deep breaths, the 32-year-old placed the rose back on the silver tray and asked Danny if she could have a chat with him outside.
There, under the fairy lights strung along the bach mansion’s veranda, she let him down gently.
“You know how much I care for you,” she told the 39-year-old chiropractic student from QLD.
“I didn’t want you to be waiting for a rose.”
It was a lovely moment, but at the same time, it didn’t quite make sense. (You can watch it below, post continues after video.)
From what we’ve seen of this season’s The Bachelorette so far, Danny and Ali didn’t appear to share a close bond. Aside from an awkward kiss that was a bit uncomfortable to watch, there wasn’t much else to suggest they were all that fond of each other.
Speaking to Mamamia, Danny explained we didn’t see an important conversation between himself and Ali early on that explains why she pulled him aside.
“Before I went into the show, I lost my mum to cancer about six days before meeting Ali on the red carpet. I kept that to myself for most of the time in the mansion, I didn’t want to be the sob story. But eventually it came out and I was honest with her about it,” he said.
“After a few weeks [of being in the mansion], one of the cocktail parties landed on the anniversary of my mum’s birthday and I was pretty upset. A few of the boys came around and gave me a hug, and that’s when I decided to let Ali know because I felt heartbroken and I was struggling to laugh and be my happy self, I knew that people were noticing it.
“That was a really beautiful moment… Ali was so kind and beautiful about it, I really appreciated it. We developed into really great friends, and she was showing me some respect [by sending me home] and trying to soften the blow.”
The decision to go on the reality TV show at all a week and a half after losing his mum Sherron to stage four metastatic cancer was a tough one for Danny to make, but ultimately, he thought it’s what his mum would’ve wanted for him.
“I buried mum on the Friday and met Ali on the Wednesday, it was hard. I thought about pulling out of the show and not going, but mum was so excited for me to go and try to find love, I thought that’s what she would’ve wanted.”