Badge Just Let Slip ‘Bachie’ Couples Are Bound By Contract To Stay Together

Your old mate Nick Cummins may have just cracked the bloody case on one of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette‘s longest-suspected behind-the-scenes secrets. And ole’ Honey Badger may have done it on, of all places, ABC Radio National.

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By now you should all be putting the final strokes of paint on the patched-up-wall in your living room where you threw your TV through following Badge’s disastrous final episode of The Bachelor where he picked neither Brittany nor Sophie, leaving everyone on the show in a weird state of purgatory and every watching at home in a state of apoplectic rage.

As it turns out though, that result may have been kinder to all concerned than if he’d actually picked one. And secretive show contracts are the cause of it.

Cummins appeared on ABC Radio National this afternoon and appeared to confirm what viewers have long suspected: Couples who exit The Bachelor and The Bachelorette together are contractually obligated to remain “together” for three months, even if they break up well before then.

Badge expressed dismay that people watching seemingly expected a happily ever after outcome, before revealing the sordid titbit of truth about the inner workings of the show.

I was actually disappointed that people are so brainwashed, you’re not going to get your fairytale ending every time.

And what’s more important, me just saying ‘yes’ and going through the motions and dragging some girl through all this media about how we’re in love and then three months down the track after the contract’s over, um, we’re allowed to break up.

I’m not going to drag them through that rubbish and break her heart. Bugger that.


This frank admission from Cummins contradicts repeated denials from past Bachelors/Bachelorettes about the highly-suspected love contracts. Sophie Monk denied any contractual obligations after she and Stu Laundy announced their own split conveniently three months after the show’s finale went to air.

Current reigning Bachelorette couple Ali Oetjen and Taite Radley are rumoured to have also broken up since their season finale ended on November 15th, but would also be subject to similar restrictions on public announcement. If true, this means we can expect an “official” split confirmation sometime around mid-late February.

The plot thickens, folks.