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Exclusive chat with Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott!

Georgia Love has finally picked her number one man!

By Bella Brennan
It's official! Georgia Love and Lee Elliott are in love.
After a whirlwind trip to Singapore, which saw Georgia introduce Lee and Matty J to her father and sister, the journalist revealed her heart was with Lee.
“Lee is the kind of person that offers the kind of relationship I always sought out and never found. Being able to look Lee in the eye and tell him I love him is the best feeling ever," the 28-year-old said during the emotional finale.
“This is just the beginning. I love Georgia so much, she has made me the happiest man alive," an elated Lee agreed.
As Lee arrived, an overjoyed Georgia confessed to the 35-year-old that she had fallen head over heels in love with him.
"I've fallen so madly in love with you. I love you so much!"
Without missing a beat, Lee told the stunning brunette the feeling was mutual, "I love you so much! You have no idea how happy that makes me," Lee said.
We caught up with Georgia's new leading man to talk about his time on the show and what the future holds for him and his girlfriend.
How are you feeling now it’s all finally out in the open?
It’s a relief! The hardest thing was just having to be coy and keep a secret from people you love most.
How were you feeling in the lead up to the finale?
To be honest, I didn’t feel much. I was numb! I was so nervous. Hand on heart, I was nervous at every rose ceremony. So that last one, I mean this is a girl you want to spend the rest of your life with, you see a future with! But at the end of the day, it’s her decision.The control is completely taken away from you. It would be worse than a break-up, not only are you not going to be with this girl, her heart lies with somebody else.
You’ve obviously had to keep your romance under wraps for a few months now, how excited are you to finally have it out in the open? And what’s the first thing you want to do in public as a normal couple?
I couldn’t be happier to tell the world that I’ve found my soul mate, my best friend and the love of my life. The first thing we do as a couple? I don’t care what it is, as long as we’re doing it together.
I want to do everything and anything with her. You almost just want to go to the top of a building and scream it out and tell everyone!
What is it about Georgia that you love and why you two work so well?
How long do you have? On that very first date, we both realised there was something special and amazing there and we were just on the same page about everything. It was uncanny!
Georgia is an incredibly amazing, strong, intelligent woman but you can we can also just be massive dags as well. I just know that whatever life throws at us, we’ll just make the most of it and enjoy.
She’s not someone who is willing to sit back and let life happen, she wants to take on life. And that’s like me! We’re like two peas in a pod.
Lee and Georgia have finally professed their love for each other!
What’s your relationship with Matty J like now? Can you be friends?
We will always be friends. Obviously out of respect for the other person both ways, we couldn’t both be friends with Georgia. Matt and I have gone through a lot together.
This experience would have been a lot easier if Matt was a slob. But he’s not! He’s incredible. He has so much to offer and this is what I struggled with throughout the whole process. I know that Georgia and I have something incredible but obviously then you’re separated and she’s dating him as well.
So that’s what I struggled with because I know he’s amazing and has so much to offer. But deep down I knew what we had was incredible and it couldn’t be surpassed.
Was it hard watching Georgia get cosy with your mates?
To be honest, I haven’t watched any other dates. I had extremely strong feelings for this girl, Georgia never sat in on any of my dates previous to this. So I thought it was wrong to watch her.And to be honest, I was only ever interested in our journey. I watched Jake’s first one and said, you know what? I don’t want to! I feel awful watching it. Since that first episode, I have tuned out.
It’s really not too dissimilar to the real world, people may date other people at the same time in the hopes of finding The One. Unfortunately, this just played out on national television on front of thousands of people.
Georgia and Lee had an instant connection.
Georgia says she was worried that she wasn’t your type, was this something that ever crossed your mind?
No, not at all! That was played up for television. My mum stated a fact that my past girlfriends have been blonde.
But Georgia is very much my type. She is strong, beautiful, driven woman – which all my ex-girlfriends had been. For me, it was just something that was hammed up for the show.
How is Georgia holding up? It must be such a hard time for her with the finale and her mum?
My thoughts and prayers are with her. I couldn’t even fathom what she’s going through. It would be such a mix of emotions.
It’s not going to be a happy ending. She may very well have had a happy ending this evening but it just makes me feel sick. You put yourself in that situation and I would be beside myself.
She’s an extremely strong person but my worry for her is that she’s so strong, she’s worrying more about other people and she’s not looking after herself. But I’m sure the people around her are making sure she’s alright. It’s awful, I feel so sick.
Did you make any big sacrifices to appear on the show?
I actually quit my job! We joked because the final three, me, Matty and Georgia, that we’re all unemployed. I actually did quit my job to find love.
WATCH: Lee's road to love. Post continues after the video...
How did you end up on the show?
I was approached and I was hesitant at first. But it didn’t take me long to not be so skeptical. I’m no longer doubtful about the situation and the process. Just look at the past records of the show and the relationships and how strong they are and they’re still together.
What’s the worst case scenario? You go into this and have an incredible adventure, meet this amazing woman, make new friends. What’s the worst that can come of it? But I did so making sure I was completely and utterly open to falling in love.
What was the biggest lesson you learnt from the whole experience?
I found the whole experience to be difficult at first. Because guys at the best of times aren’t great at opening up about their feelings and thoughts.
I found the experience cathartic, at first you were guarded. But as soon as you started to open up, I felt much better about it. If you’re feeling something, say it! Do it! Life’s too short to regret things. I left with no regrets!
What were the highlights and lowlights of the whole experience?
Obviously meeting Georgia! The lowlight for me was not being able to contact her whenever you wanted. After that first date, all I wanted to do was talk to her! And I couldn’t!
I had to basically sit back and watch people you admire date her and tell you how amazing she is, which you already knew. To me, that was a struggle.
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