Just two weeks ago, Matty J was introduced to a bevy of beauties vying for his heart – supposedly for the first time as they stepped out of a limousine.
But in a shocking twist of events set to rock the hit dating show, New Idea can exclusively reveal the handsome Bachelor is hiding a big secret – he’d already met three of the contestants months before filming began, leaving network bosses scrambling to cover it up.
‘Producers know all about it, but everyone was told to keep it quiet,’ our spy says. ‘Then one night, the girls all got chatting and confided in each other and couldn’t believe how many of them knew him.’
Out with friends on New Year’s Eve, the hunky marketing manager locked eyes with student Leah Costa at a Bondi pub.
Sharing the same group of friends, according to the insider, the pair enjoyed some time together making small talk about his time on The Bachelorette.
His next stop was the famous Icebergs bar in Bondi, where he spent the evening flirting with jewellery designer Laura Bryne.
‘Laura and Matty are both from Bondi, so it was probably inevitable that they would have met at some stage,’ our spy spills. ‘But all that secrecy was too much for some girls, who’d had enough with all the drama.’
It was at his last stop that evening, at a private party in Vaucluse, where model Jen Hawke caught his eye – and the pair ‘got on really well’.
Left reeling by the news, furious contestants have made it clear they believed the girls had received an unfair advantage – and things were only made worse when Laura confessed she had also been at the private party, and spent even more time with their love interest!
Demanding an emergency meeting with the show’s bosses, some disgruntled contestants begged to leave.
‘They were ready to go home, but producers managed to convince them to stay on,’ the insider says.
For more on The Bachelor, see this week’s New Idea – Out now.
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