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The Bachelor Australia Finale: Nick Cummins dumps BOTH Sophie and Brittany in a heart-wrenching grand finale

In the words of The Bachelor himself – "It's been a hell of a ride!"

By Bella Brennan and Anita Lyons
WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!
In a bombshell twist that we may have actually already predicted but are still in a state of shock after watching it play out on our screens, tonight, Nick Cummins dumped both Sophie Tieman and Brittany Hockley in an Australian Bachelor first!
Opening up about his explosive decision, The Bachelor said he was simply following his heart.
"I just know in my heart, I've done the right thing," Nick explained. "They are two amazing women who are walking out of my life right now. It wouldn't be fair to enter into something and a few months later, break her heart."
"I came here for a chance at love and now I'm going to have to start again."
Tonight's finale episode of The Bachelor had the usual formula of every season we've ever seen.
An idyllic overseas location in New Caledonia, cast members staring into the ocean and walking on sand, people (Nick) with shirts off and (the ladies) with bikinis on.
There was of course the family meet-and-greet, where Nick's loved ones grilled Sophie Tieman and Brittany Hockley about their potential futures with the Honey Badger.
But it was when the former rugby player told his family: "Bloody hell, my head's all over the shop", in front of Brittany that things began to unravel.
Nick's sister Bernadette was quick to call it. "I don't see either one as the complete package for him," she said.
It's over x2! In a Bachelor Australia first, Nick Cummins didn't pick either Sophie or Brittany.
The confusion was real at this point because Nick's interviews and voice-overs sounded like he was completely smitten with both women.
"She makes me feel things I haven't felt … ever," he said of Sophie.
"It just feels right, it's like bangers and mash. They just go together," he added of Britt.
During Sophie's date, while the chemistry was undeniable, it was when the 25-year-old poured her heart out to Nick, it was clear his heart wasn't in it.
Rather than communicating, well, anything, all Nick could do was passionately kiss her.
Nick used the same tactic for Britt during their final date.
"I have zero doubt I am falling in love with you," Brittany said. "I don't want it to stop."
Rather than kissing her, Nick looked at her and said: "I want all the same things you do."
"But," he said. "But, I just don't know if the timelines match."
WATCH: Nick talks about his break up with Brooke. Post continues...
Just like the rest of Australia, Britt was totally confused – he had just told her she was the "whole package" yet it was obvious he wasn't sure.
"Don't try and find a reason for it not to be what it is," she said.
When it was time for Nick to make his decision, Sophie was optimistic; Britt wasn't expecting a good outcome and Nick looked like he was about to spew his guts up.
As Osher told Nick it had been a pleasure going on this journey with him, we waited with baited breath for an answer.
Who was going to get out of the car first?
Sophie. It was Sophie. And we were so confused.
Brittany couldn't quite believe what she was hearing.
"It's been a hell of a ride," he told them both.
With Sophie, he told her he "wholeheartedly couldn't commit to her right now" and that their journey had come to an end.
With Britt, he said: "I've developed strong feelings for you Brittany and when I say those three words, I want to really mean it. I'm not looking for a girlfriend; I'm looking for a life partner. I can't give 100 percent of myself to you."
"My head is very cloudy. I'm a little bit lost. And because of that, I have to say this time has come to an end and to let you go," the Badger concluded.
Sophie was devastated, Britt was angry and we couldn't believe what we were watching.
As usual, we saw a shattered girl go off in a car in tears, but the difference this time was that a second girl was also in a car – and the producers revealed the most shocking twist of ALL TIME.
He had chosen no one.
WATCH: The girls confide in each other over Nick's shock decision. Post continues...
They made a gorgeous couple but in the end, Nick's feelings for Sophie just weren't strong enough.
Angry and confused, Britt was driven to see Sophie and break the news to her.
"What a giant waste of time that was," Britt fumed. "We both put our heart on the line for it to be thrown in our face - for this."
"Are you f---ing me?" Sophie gasped in disbelief. "I feel sorry for him."
"Do you know what, it's Nick's loss," Britt said.
As for Nick, our last glimpse was of him wandering alone on the beach. "I came here for a chance of love. And now, I'm going to have to start again. She's out there," he pensively mused.
While we can completely understand their devastation and feel a little cheated ourselves, we actually applaud Nick for his brutal honesty.
It takes guts to do that and we have no doubt the ensuing backlash is going to come thick and fast.
WATCH: Sophie's journey on The Bachelor. Post continues...
WE ARE NOT OK! What a crazy ending.
As Now To Love previously reported today, the writing was on the wall after last night's episode when Nick confessed he was struggling to grow feelings for anyone.
"I need more time to advance my feelings," the Badger explained to Brooke before she walked out.
Adding: "I'm struggling feelings-wise with everyone at the moment. I think as we get down to this part, I'm challenged by it."
"First of all, having three girlfriends is already a strange concept. To then have myself develop feelings further with three people is confusing ... It hurts my heart because it's not normally how it would take place. I'm finding it hard to break past barriers. I'm struggling for those feelings to move on, with everyone," Nick concluded.
The truth of the situation is that Nick came onto a reality TV show to find love and unfortunately, he didn't.
And tonight, he's given us the most refreshing and honest piece of Australian television in recent memory.
For that, we applaud you Nick.
Sophie and Britt, we're sending you love.