Remember the night of September 15, 2016, when you got comfortable for the finale of Richie Strahan’s season of The Bachelor and mentally prepared yourself to see him tell Nikki Gogan that she had won his heart?
Then you were shook, because in a crazy ~plot twist~ Richie chose single mother Alex Nation, and everyone was like, ‘WHAAAT… THE… FUUUUUCK?’
We’ll never forget the night we were trolled big time by the producers of The Bachelor.
Soon after, the rest of the country, who’d fallen in love with Nikki over the course of the series, started campaigning for Nikki to be the star of this year’s season of The Bachelorette — because if anyone deserved a second chance at love, it was her.
And then Network Ten dropped a bombshell on Logies night: they had cast former pop star-turned-all-round-funny gal Sophie Monk as the new Bachelorette, in a world first. (As in she’s the first celebrity suitor/suitress in the global franchise.)
We were a bit torn. On the one hand, we love Soph, but on the other hand, WHAT ABOUT NIKKI?
Well, as it turns out, Nikki, who’s just turned 30, is doing very well in life without a reality show and roses, TYVM.
Nikki spoke to news.com.au about life after The Bachelor, and why she’s totally fine not being the star of The Bachelorette.
“You sort of have forks in the road. You’ve got different choices to make and you’re weighing them all up,” she said about why she isn’t on the show. “For lifelong fulfilment, for me, this was the better option. I thought long and hard about my aims and I know how much I love my real estate career. It’s the path I’ll be most proud of.”
She said Network Ten and Warner Bros. were “very respectful” about her feelings when it came to casting the new series, and that there wasn’t any crossover between her and Sophie.
She added, “And Sophie is a wonderful choice. And funny.”
Unlike other contestants who come off the back of shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, who pretty much become ~celebrities~ thanks to their massive social media followings, Nikki said she’s happy living her life away from the limelight, because “15 minutes is good for me.”
“I think that moving forward, I really can’t wait [for a time when] my career is the thing that I’m recognised for and I really want to be known for that,” she said. “I look forward to the day that I’m recognised for my career rather than a TV show. That was a small period of time.”
And yes, you’re probably wondering, as we all were, whether Nikki had managed to find new love. For the moment, she’s still single. “I’m gonna ease myself into it one day. One day. Not one day soon.”
We’ll always love you, Nikki!