As the first-ever season of Australian ‘Bachelor in Paradise‘ approaches, the goss is flying thick and fast about who’s going to be on the hunt for love (again) in tropical Fiji. This bit of news, however, is a fair bit more serious than speculation about who will get to shack up with abs-a-plenty magician Apollo – as former ‘Bachie‘ contestant Jen Hawke has expressed her concerns for the safety of fellow contestants if her dreadful ex and all-round scary dude Blake Colman is involved.
Colman, who’s been spotted on the way to Fiji for filming, was convicted this year of violently assaulting a stranger back in 2015. Police are also currently investigating him due to claims that he threatened to send nude photos of Hawke to the media after their brief relationship ended earlier this year. The Daily Mail says that police have confirmed that Hawke sought an AVO against Colman that would prevent him from entering her home state of New South Wales.
It’s a bad, bad situation, and it’s pretty shocking that producers of the Bachie franchise appear willing to let it all slide.
In an interview with Now To Love, Hawke opened up about her alleged experience of intimate partner abuse, saying she wanted to be a role model for other women in similar situations.
What I really want women to know is that domestic abuse isn’t just a violent act against you. It is someone emotionally intimidating you, it is someone emotionally manipulating you.
My advice is get someone you trust, whether it be your mum or sister, talk to them about it.
The whole issue with Blake is, it is domestic abuse. It is violence against women. It is harassment against women. We need to talk about it and not put the blame game on women and say, ‘she’s asking for it! She chose to be with that person.’
Blake and I have nothing to do with each other and the police are doing their job at the moment, that’s all I’m really allowed to say about it while the investigation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, a source has told the Daily Mail that Hawke, who’s rumoured to be the first intruder on this year’s Paradise, thinks that it’s a huge mistake to involve Colman in the show at all – if only for the safety of everyone else. The source is quoted as saying:
Jen made it very clear that she would never appear on the same show as Blake, especially after the revenge porn threats he made towards her. She has even expressed concern for the safety of both the men and women who are on the island with Blake, not only is he facing revenge porn allegations but has faced court over a physical assault of somebody.
As we have previously noted, it is a hugely irresponsible move to give airtime to a man who so clearly demonstrates so many abusive red flags. Considering the fact that he’s had a considerable amount of police interest thanks to his violence and intimidation, it seems absolutely wild that Channel 10 would consider jeopardising their stars’ wellbeing by having him on the show.