Australia bore witness to abject heartbreak during last night’s The Bachelorette finale, as vineyard manager Jarrod Woodgate was left sandy and salty on a Fijian beach by Sophie Monk.

Seriously. The vineyard manager, who ultimately lost out to hotel empire heir Stu Laundy, was not exactly chuffed to remove himself from the intoxicating potential of a real-world relationship with that Australian treasure.

While it seems a whole slab of viewers weren’t too bothered by Woodgate’s heart being summarily stomped upon, he definitely was. And, in a series of post-Bachelorette debriefs, it’s apparent he still is torn up over the whole saga.

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Speaking to News.com.au, Woodgate said “I’m still there for Sophie and I will be because it’s a heartbreak. In my eyes, it’s as big as.”

Big as, friends. That’s how you know it’s serious. Well, you can also glean an insight into his current emotional state from his subtle admission “I’m still very, very soft. It’s raw.”

On the finale’s broadcast and the hard-as-shit time afterwards, he said “I’ll just get through tonight and the next couple of weeks. I’m just focusing on the heartbreak, more than anything else.”

To PopSugar, he put that heartbreak into context: the fella spilled on all of the ‘what if’ conversations the not-quite-there pair had before his ritualised booting from television screens.

“I told Sophie I love her and want to spend my life with her,” Woodgate said. That conversation apparently veered towards the idea of children, but he reckons “the first thing we’d have done was have some normality in our lives.

“Not have cameras, not have publicists, people around us pulling us away from each other — they’re all beautiful people, but it would have been nice to have some time to Sophie and I.”

Ah, mate. Maaate.

Notably, he also hit back at assertions he’s a bit of a clinger, but even that was a little intense. To News.com.au, Woodgate admitted that he’s more of “a menace. A stage five clinger is not me.”

Well then. We’ll let you know if that intensity manifests itself in other newsworthy ways.

Source: News.com.au
Image: @jarrodwoodgate / Instagram