Bachelor Matt Agnew reveals ‘I won’t pull a Nick Cummins’
He assures the nation he's not going to pull a Nick Cummins. Matt Agnew, 31, is the latest man to step onto Channel 10's popular series as The Bachelor and unlike his predecessor (Cummins), who walked away without finding love, Agnew says his story has a happy ending.
The 31-year-old astrophysicist is one of the more unlikely types to land on reality TV, having recently been studying his doctorate, but after his mates egged him on to apply, sure enough, his looks, intelligence and likability made him the perfect candidate. We got to know the man behind the roses before the show kicks off this week.
How does an astrophysicist end up on reality TV?
One of the motivations for me, or the draws for me, was the success of the show. From the six previous seasons, 50 per cent of the relationships have been successful and ended in marriage or kids and that's everything I'm looking for. Imagine if you were on a dating app and 50% of the time you ended up in this amazing beautiful relationship? If that was the case I think everyone would jump at the opportunity.
What was your job before the show?
Astrophysics researcher and that was working towards a doctorate as well, which is now officially sorted. Basically, publishing astrophysics research in peer reviewed journals and that was the research component and then there'd be another element of tutorials and lab classes.
… and a quick break from that world to star on a reality TV show?
I know, it's very normal behaviour for an astrophysicist, isn't it?
Why TV to find love?
For me, it is another opportunity to meet someone. I've tried dating apps and starting up conversations in bars and all the 'normal' ways of going about it but for me, this is another avenue to find a partner that I was unbelievably fortunate enough to pursue.
Why have you been unlucky in love in the past?
I'm not sure about that really, I think it's just that I haven't found the right person yet. I don't think I've done anything wrong or that I've been going about things the wrong way. Certainly I've been quite career driven in the past and I just hadn't met the right person and there's no harm in that, there's no rush. Everyone finds the person when they find the person.
When was your last relationship?
Late 2017 and I've obviously dated since then but that was the last serious one. That was about three or four months. It was a shorter one, but short and intense, I guess.
What is your longest relationship so far?
2.5 years, I think. I'm ready to get back into a relationship. I never rush into them, I don't need to be in one but I do love it when I'm in them. I love being able to share my life with someone and having them share their life with me. I'm always ready but it's about waiting to find the right person.
How familiar were you with The Bachelor before going on the show?
I haven't watched a season from start to finish but I dip in and out and I've seen enough of it to know how it all works. There's nothing like it and there's no other circumstances where you find yourself in that situation and because of that, you can't really prepare. I came in with a really open mind and ready to see how things played out and I'm thrilled about how they did work out.
What type of girl were you looking for?
They're all qualities that a lot of people look for; compassionate, supportive, generous, kind, a sense of humour, doesn't take themselves too seriously and likes to have some fun.
Did you feel any sparks straight away with any of the girls?
On the red carpet, I'm just excited to meet everyone and it's such an amplified situation to be in. I'm just beside myself with excitement to have an opportunity to meet everyone.
How many girls did you end up forming a deep connection with?
There's a lot of amazing women and I was lucky to meet them all. You're really testing me out here (laughs.)
So, most importantly, have you found someone?
Yes, I have. I'm delighted with how the process worked out for me and I'm very, very happy.
What are the plans for the future now?
Now I'm currently waiting for this whirlwind that is about to happen and I can't think too far beyond that. I'm just enjoying everything and taking it as it comes and we will see what happens afterwards.
Bachelor fans will be happy to hear you're not going to pull a Nick Cummins …
Did you have any reservations after he didn't end up choosing anyone?
It didn't really cross my mind to be honest, I went into it pretty confident in myself and that I would make the right decision for me. Nick made the right decision for him at the right choice at the time.
During the whole process, what do you get up to when you're not on a date or filming a rose ceremony?
There's not actually as much (down) time as you'd think. It is very, very busy and if I get some time off, I'm probably trying to recharge my batteries.
What do you like to do to recharge?
I try to say pretty fit and active. I used to do a bit of yoga but as my schedule has been getting busier, it's something I've stopped doing but I need to get back into it. I love reading, binge watching TV like everybody else and I still need to see season three of Stranger Things. I also love baking and cooking.
Do you have much input into the dates you go on?
I usually sit down with Osh (Osher Gunsberg) some of the crew and we kind of have a chat and see what we come up with.
The Bachelor begins at 7.30pm Wednesday and Thursday on 10.