PS: How did you actually feel about Nick, was there any chemistry for any of you?
Cat: Look, I was open to getting to know him but I did really struggle to have conversations with Nick. Every time we'd talk I felt like his eyes would kind of glass over and I felt he was always disinterested It was very much the Nick show, and I'm very much the Cat show (laughs).
PS: That would never have worked then.
Cat: No (laughs). Look the Aussie larrikin type dude isn't really my type anyway. Like, I don't find him to be much of a gentleman. I like to be treated in a certain way and when we had our time together, he picked up the whole wheel of cheese and took a bite into it and said, "It's bloody good, you want some?" and I was bloody mortified! If I was on a date or in front of my family, just no, it's not for me. He is lovely and I guess in that environment you have nothing else to think about so you convince your self that your into it.
Alisha: I don't think I really managed to ever get on a deeper level with Nick. I suppose for the first few weeks I thought yeah, I could be onto something and I was really excited when I found out that Nick was going to be The Bachelor. But I feel like me and nick were probably just not that compatible. That said, I wasn't going to walk out because I hadn't had a single date and I hadn't managed to really have a substantial chat with him, and I was loving my time with the girls too much. People are probably like, "Is Alicia even interested in The Bachelor or is she just loving on Cat and Romy?" [laughs].
PS: Could your feelings have developed?
Alisha: I don't think so to be honest. I honestly don't know Nick that well as a person so who knows. In that environment it's so hard to get to know him.
Cat: Yeah, but you kinda know when you're into someone. I think in there [the mansion] you feel like you have to be [into The Bachelor].
Alisha: Initially I was keen, and then I felt like I probably wasn't one of the ones in the forefront of his mind. I just had a very clear indication from very early on that I was there to play a role, [not to be with Nick].
PS: And for you, Romy?
Romy: I really liked Nick! Him and I had a really great relationship. We got a long really well, we had really good chemistry.
Alisha: You had good banter!
Romy: We had GREAT banter. We had heaps of fun. Our single date went for 8 hours but they cut out my kiss.
PS: Did you actually share a kiss? We didn't see that.
Romy: It was nothing like how it was [shown]. Yeah, there was a real kiss. We got on really well. I quite liked him.
PS: If that's the case, why did you make the decision to leave even after Nick offered you a rose?
Romy: That week I was just feeling a little off. I was quite emotional and feeling like something wasn't sitting right with me. Maybe my feelings were invested, maybe that's why I freaked out a bit but honestly seeing these two go (Cat and Alisha) was sh*t, like my besties, but I was there for Nick so the decision was all me. It was an impulsive thing, I hadn't planned it, I don't know I'm just really impulsive.
PS: Did you regret it after you left?
Romy: I did. I had second thoughts for sure, for about 24 hours but then my dad got really sick that next morning. He had an aneurism overnight and now he is unable to communicate so I feel like it was a power beyond me, it had nothing to do with all the drama that night. I would've been in the mansion and I would've received a phone call saying, "Come home now to say goodbye to your dad". If I had not been there, I would never have been able to speak to my dad again. No one will believe that, they will all think I left because of the girls but it's something I can't really put into words.
PS: Cat, when Nick asked you to leave the mansion because of your behavior, you began to cry. Were they genuine tears or did you turn it on for the cameras?
Cat: No, look, I wasn't even upset at him, it was just the whole scenario. I had been living in this place and all of a sudden getting booted like that. I don't get to say goodbye to any of my friends and it was just really intense, like I had all of these cameras and all of these people staring at me, so it was pretty humiliating. Looking back on it now I would rather have gone out how I did then standing through a rose ceremony. But it was upsetting for sure and it was really hard adjusting back into normal life afterwards as well.