First things first: I don’t watch The Bachelor, or The Bachelorette, Love Island or any other incarnation of a reality dating show.
What I do watch is Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins’ social media. I love it for his hilarious one-liners and his lust for life.
So to see the former international rugby union star reduced to having to defend his actions to Australia’s outraged public, has left me outraged.
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For those who have been living under a rock, Cummins has copped major backlash for not choosing a ‘winner’ in the final episode of the latest season of The Bachelor.
Read the re-cap here.
The country was left divided. Fans of the show were devastated they didn’t get their fairytale finish, while others congratulated Cummins on bravely walking away without stringing one of the ‘girls’ along.
He was ambushed by a reporter from Channel Nine’s A Current Affair last week, while recovering from walking the Kokoda Track and arrived back in Australia to a media frenzy.
On Sunday night he went on The Project to clear the air (see video below).
“Coming back from Kokoda was a big surprise. I wasn’t ready for all the tabloids. I consider myself a pretty upbeat, energetic dude, and then you get the wind cut out of your sails.”
“I thought there would be more understanding than what there was.”
His answer to many questions were very philosophical and something that I think we should be respecting him for.
When asked if he feels like the public doesn’t have the love for him that they did before, Cummins wisely said: “Those who matter don’t mind. And those who mind don’t really matter”.
Amen to that.
He explained that the week after the show had wrapped – six months ago – he phoned the final two girls, Sophie and Brittany, to check that they were okay.
The audience applauded, realising that he didn’t take the ‘cowards’ way out, but cared too much about their mental health which he feared could have deteriorated, like his own.
“I’ve never been in a mental space as low as I have been towards the end of that show,” he admitted.
But does he regret going on The Bachelor?
“No, I don’t regret going on it, because I learnt a lot about myself. I don’t believe in regret – it’s all learning and development.”
He then left some more words of wisdom for other men looking for love.
“For the young blokes out there: Stand for something or you fall for anything, follow your heart.”
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