Let’s go out on a limb and say precisely no one was surprised by Ryan’s dramatic exit on last night’s episode of The Bachelorette.
Like Keira, Sam (yes, the model) and Rhys before him, the mid-date dump is a tried and tested Bachelor technique.
After somehow ending up on the unfortunate topic of how Sophie “wasn’t worth it”, the ‘construction foreman’ from NSW was told in no uncertain terms to, well, eff off.
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But as we know, nothing in the world of reality TV is as it seems, which is why we asked Ryan for ~his side~ of the story. Cue dramatic music.
“I knew what went on and I knew the conversation we’d had, and you know what, it was two adults talking and being honest with each other,” the 26-year-old told Mamamia on what led to his ‘tension fuelled’ exit from the show.
He continued: “We just thought it was best for me to go home because we didn’t have much time and that’s something I was really struggling with over the four weeks. Collectively, I spent four or five hours with her, and I can only talk from my experiences but for me that’s not enough. I didn’t know her yet, and I was just letting her know that’s the reason I was feeling the way I was feeling.
“By all means, Sophie is an amazing character and a lovely lady, I really hope she finds the happiness she’s looking for.
“It’s not that she wasn’t “worth it”, I certainly didn’t mean she wasn’t ‘up to scratch’ or ‘worthy’, but for me the be-all and end-all was I needed more time.”
As for the slice of pure editing genius that was his expletive-filled storm out of frame, Ryan was certainly able to appreciate the perfect irony of a man who ‘prefers women that don’t have a potty-mouth’ only doing just that – dropping a bunch of F-bombs – on his exit.
“It fit the narrative perfectly, you have to have a bit of a laugh with it,” he said.
On the topic of women and swearing, he added: “I think there’s a time and a place for it, it’s certainly not directed at women or men specifically, but we live in a free country and I can have those opinions.”
Following Ryan’s short-lived stay in the mansion, he will probably be remembered as the one who wants a woman who takes care of herself.
While the phrase most likely had women all over Australia rolling their eyes, Ryan stands by his comments, nay, requirements for a surprisingly sentimental reason.