The experience seemed to scar the 35-year-old, who has shunned media completely, deleting all his social media accounts and, according to insiders, spending most of his time with his mum.
New Idea sources have discovered that it’s been quite a fall from grace for Blake.
Not only has he recently moved home with his mother Andrea into the Perth suburb of Hamersley, but the deep-voiced star is driving the same car as when he was in The Bachelor four years ago, has left his job at a prestigious real estate agency and is now selling ‘land and house packages’ to low-income families on the outskirts of Perth, and – bizarrely – has a Cabbage Patch Doll collection.
It’s a similar story of tragedy for poor Richie Strahan too.
The rope technician suffered humiliation when he was dumped by Alex Nation last year, only for her to pursue a relationship with Melbourne chef Maegan Luxa.
Recent enquiries by New Idea sources reveal the 32-year-old has sold his rundown property near Perth Airport and is now renting with his sister instead.
It would appear the reality star has found it difficult to hold down work since Alex left him, with even his modelling agent, Chadwick, quietly dumping him at the end of 2017.
The misfortunes of the west coast boys are in stark contrast to the success of those on the eastern side of the country.
Original star Tim Robards is set to marry chosen love Anna Heinrich, and has seen his fitness guide The Robards Method go from strength to strength.
Similarly, Sam Wood has just welcomed a baby girl with Bachelor winner Snezana Markoski and is still running his hugely successful 28 by Sam Wood fitness regime.
Meanwhile, last year’s Bachelor star Matty J is still loved-up with Laura Byrne and has recently revealed that he’s set to join Network Ten’s The Living Room as a presenter.
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