Bachelor in Paradise

Keira Maguire speaks out: “Jarrod wasn’t looking for love”

His priorities were not the same.

By Anita Lyons

When Keira Maguire and Jarrod Woodgate announced their break up last month, Australia was (understandably) shocked.

The couple, who seemed completely in love (based on their very lovey-dovey Instagram feed) were donezo and there were feelings. A lot of feelings.

But what really caused the breakup? Was Jarrod back with Sophie Monk or was there another third wheel in their relationship?

In a chat with Now to Love, Keira explains her side of the very public break-up, and even under the most extraordinary of circumstances, it's completely relatable.

"Jarrod wasn't ready to be in a relationship," Keira said. "And that was number one.""It was disappointing to me because he came off as this guy that was ready to settle to down, but the reality is, he wasn't ready," she said.

"He had all these qualities and all these traits and he still does," she added. "He's an amazing person and I'm obviously still in love with the guy, and I think at the same time if we had met in different circumstances we could have worked it out. I don't think that we were equipped for this particular situation."

Keira Maguire revealed to *Now to Love* that Jarrod Woodgate wasn't ready for a relationship.
Keira Maguire revealed to Now to Love that Jarrod Woodgate wasn't ready for a relationship.

The "situation" Keira of course is referring to, is their meeting on Bachelor in Paradise, but you may be shocked to know that it wasn't her intention to find love on the hit show.

"I actually went on the show in hopes of not meeting someone," she said. "I didn't want to be in a relationship and I was like 'there's no way that I'm going to meet someone on the island, so I actually didn't think it was going to happen."

In fact, Keira went to the island with some rules: "My friend told me that there were two things I needed to do. Leave single and kiss somebody, they were my only intentions."

Now that Keira and Jarrod are kaput, what did she learn from the experience?

"I've had a lot of time to reflect," she said. "When I'm in a relationship, I lose myself,"

"I lost my independence. I moved to his family home, moved from Sydney to Melbourne, I had no friends, my whole life fully revolved around him and he fell in love with this independent woman who became dependent, and he lost the girl he fell in love with."

"His priorities were not the same as mine. I want to settle down and have children, and he just wasn't ready – but I didn't want to pressure on him."

Being dumped (in front of a nation) definitely has its drawbacks, so Keira has teamed up with Deliveroo to launch Australia's first break up delivery service – giving heartbreakers the ultimate comfort – food.

The Heartbreak Pizza, a broken heart shaped pizza, emblazoned with a cheeky take on classic breakup lines such as "It's not you, it's meat" and "I think we should see other pizzas" is this week available across the country.

Keira has teamed up with *Deliveroo* to deliver the *Heartbreak* pizza.
Keira has teamed up with Deliveroo to deliver the Heartbreak pizza.

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