Bachelor

Nikki Gogan just shut down reports she's dating her sorta ex-BF, Richie Strahan

At least not right now.

By Jessica Chandra

After all the ~emotions~ we went through when Richie Strahan chose Alex Nation instead of Nikki Gogan on the finale of The Bachelor Australia 2016, we couldn’t have predicted that less than a year later, the three of them would be involved in a maybe-love triangle.

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It’s been reported that Richie and Alex are dunzo. Neither has confirmed this news — when asked by NW, all Alex said was, “At this stage, I don’t feel the need to make comments on anything. But I’m doing well!”

It has also been said that Alex has already moved on — with a woman! A story in this week’s New Idea said Alex’s heart was being mended with the help of Maegan Luxa, who plays on the same AFL team as her.

So… what does this mean for Richie? The rope access technician from Perth, who was selected as the 2016 Bachelor because people loved him on Sam Frost’s season of The Bachelorette Australia, has apparently reached back out to Nikki, who, as far as we know, hasn’t dated anyone seriously since her very public heartbreak.

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It would make sense — Richie and Nikki had a very strong ~connection~ on The Bachelor. Nikki told Richie that she loved him, even though he couldn’t say it back. The fact that she was the frontrunner (in our eyes) proves that there was something between them.

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But Nikki has trashed those reports, at least for now.

On her most recent Instagram photo — a throwback to when she was at a racing event two years ago — someone had the balls to ask, “Are you and Ritchie dating now?”

And Nikki, the sweet thing that she is, replied, “Hi @danahinchcliffe no, we aren’t x.”

Here’s another interesting thing about this photo, which was posted on August 15: moments after it went up, Alex commented on it. “Absolute beauty!” she wrote.

Nikki replied in the comments: “@alexandranation Happy Birthday beauty. May all of your Birthday wishes come true xxx.”

“@nikki_gogan thank you so much wonderful lady!!” Alex wrote back.

The comments on Nikki's Instagram post.
The comments on Nikki's Instagram post.

So, in the one Instagram post, Nikki denied she’s dating Richie, was complimented by Alex, and then wished Alex a happy birthday…

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Nikki confirmed she’s not dating Richie on Alex’s birthday, and Alex didn’t seem to have any problem with that question being asked, and…

Anyway! The main thing to take away from this is that Nikki and Richie are not dating. We still have so many questions, but this will do for now.

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