The Bachelor Australia contestant Megan Marx.
The Bachelor Australia contestant Megan Marx. Channel 10

The intruders arrive, but Megan walks out on The Bachelor

THE Bachelor Richie Strahan has once again felt the sting of rejection on reality TV after Megan Marx walked off the show tonight.

While the new season has seen Strahan in the position of power handing out roses and deciding who he goes on dates with, the Perth hunk had the tables turned on him when Ms Marx voluntarily opted out of the competition for his heart.

Ms Marx was one of the favourites to win the show after sparking up an instant chemistry with Strahan and scoring an early single date, but she during tonight's show she told him the unnatural experience of dating him alongside other women just wasn't for her.

"From the moment that I met you I felt like you were someone I could fall in love with and even though I think I could do that, I can't do that like this," she said.

The Bachelor Richie Strahan pictured with the Top 11 bachelorettes.
The Bachelor Richie Strahan pictured with the Top 11 bachelorettes. Channel 10

After Ms Marx's departure Strahan, who was clearly stunned, returned to the rose ceremony where he still had to send one bachelorette, Georgia Tripos, packing.

"We had no idea that Megan was going to do it," Ms Tripos told APN.

"She did it in the most classy way, which is just so typical of Megan.

"I ducked out and gave her a big hug and was just saying to her 'don't go, just stay' but she'd already made up her mind. I ended up being reunited with her 10 minutes later anyway."

It was a dramatic first night at the mansion for the show's three new intruders: Sarah, Khalia and Steph.

"It was very, very overwhelming," Sarah told APN.

"Not knowing the girls and jumping right into that rose ceremony (where Megan left) was so full on. It made me step back and go' what am I in? What am I doing?'"

Since leaving the show Ms Tripos has a new boyfriend and credits the show for helping her gain perspective on what she really wants in a partner.

"Being in that environment where you are just thinking about your life gives you a chance to reevaluate all the things you want," she said.

"I'm dating a guy at the moment and I love him to bits. The boys all watch the show just to take the piss out of him, but he's fine about it all."

 Ms Marx is still single and she said she has no regrets about going on the show.

"I think that he is a wonderful guy and I really hope that he finds love," she said.

"I haven't gotten to that point yet of thinking about what is next. For me falling love was the point so I'm just going to get on with real life."



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