The Bachelor New Zealand 2016 star Jordan Mauger has been the centre of backlash on social media following his decision to dump winner Fleur Verhoeven two days after she won.
Just 48 hours after the cameras stopped rolling and Verhoeven won The Bachelor New Zealand season two, she found herself single once again. Mauger dumped the 26-year-old blonde beauty after he presented her with $26,000 (AU$36,000) commitment ring.
Mauger issued a statement and explained his decision to split with the woman he chose. “Fleur is a remarkable woman. There is no doubt about that. What I have struggled with is interpreting my feelings from the show to the real world,” he admitted to New Zealand Herald.
“For the last seven weeks, Fleur and myself shared concerns and doubts over that time, hoping that feelings would reignite again. With contributing factors like distance, media, remaining episodes, secrecy, it made it very difficult. After a long absence and only seeing her for the first time onstage, I knew something was amiss. After an exhausting schedule of media commitments and the dust settled, I knew I was being dishonest to Fleur and myself,” he explained.
However, The Bachelor New Zealand fans don’t seem to be kind and forgiving right now and Mauger has been slammed for his decision.
Meanwhile, Verhoeven, who supposed to be in her happiest moment, had an emotional interview on TV3’s The Story.
She admitted that Mauger’s decision to end the relationship was unexpected. “I had really hoped that we could start fresh. Start over and get to know each other. I was quite surprised to hear he doesn’t want to give it a chance,” Verhoeven said.
“Jordan came to visit me (in a hotel) and he pretty much explained how he is feeling and that he has decided that his feelings aren’t mutual. He has decided he wants to leave it,” she said.
Asked by the New Zealand Herald how she felt about the man who has just dumped her, she said: “I respect his honesty and honestly I just wish him all the best.”
This is not the first time a falling apart happened in The Bachelor. In the Australian version of the show, Blake Garvey dumped Sam Frost after he publicly proposed to her at the finale. Garvey later dated runner-up Louise Pillidge.