The Bachelor Australia

"I’m not entirely sure where to even start" - Bachelor runner up Bella Varelis breaks her silence after gut-wrenching walkout during the season finale

''I believed him and trusted him whole heartedly.''

By Jess Pullar
As soon as Bella Varelis exited her limo and walked the red carpet to meet the 2020 Australian Bachelor, Locky Gilbert, we all thought we were onto the winner.
The adventure man was completely smitten from the get-go - seriously, if we had a dollar for every time the bloke commented on her eyes we'd be millionaires.
But in a shock twist many didn't see coming, the Bachelor ultimately didn't choose the 25-year-old Sydney-sider, instead, he chose Melbourne nurse Irena Srbinovska.
As expected, Bella's final scenes were tough to watch.
Locky, who had told her he was falling in love with her literally broke down as she approached him.
"When I told you I love you, like, I meant every single word," Locky began.
"But... I have fallen in love with two girls. And I know you don't, like, sort of see where your future is at the moment. I think I need just a little bit of certainty. I just don't know if I can see us working," he finished.
Bella's stunned reaction was enough for literally every Australian's heart to break along with hers.
"I just don't get it. Yesterday, you told me you were in love with me," she said.
She continued: "I said to you, as long as we're together, that's all that matters. We can nail out the details."
Locky replied: "I know. But, like, I needed a little bit more."
Bella's final words dropped like a tonne of bricks: "...Can I leave? I'm going."
Bella was stunned when Locky told her he couldn't pursue their relationship. (Network Ten)
Weeks after the finale was filmed, the stunning 25-year-old has had a bit of time to process what happened.
And as the finale aired on Thursday evening, she put her thoughts into words: "I'm not entirely sure where to even start... When Locky told me he loved me and couldn't wait to make me happy for the rest of my life, I believed him and trusted him whole heartedly," she wrote on Instagram.
"We connected on so many levels right from the beginning, some you saw, but most you didn't. Having three months outside of filming completely changed the aspect of the show, it brought normality to the connection and we grew into what felt like a real relationship."
She added that while she was hurt in the end, she felt proud of herself for pushing through.
"I gave it my all, I was true to myself and I wore my heart on my sleeve. Whilst it's not my fairytale ending, the laughs and the memories will last a lifetime."
She thanked all the people who had supported her through the process before adding a final note for the future: "I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason and now was not my time, I'll never stop being a hopeless romantic and I'm sure my happily ever after is still out there.
"Hopefully I don't need to kiss too many more frogs," she comically quipped.

Fans quickly took to Bella's post to share their love for her.
"Sending so much love queen," wrote one.
Another added: "His loss."
One fan wrote: "Love you so much!!! my favourite!!!! (you dodged a bullet!!) best of luck in the future!!"
Bella captured hearts across Australia by laying bare her feelings for Locky. (Network Ten)
Since filming wrapped, Bella has quickly established a firm place in Sydney's social scene, becoming besties with fellow castmate Bec Cvilikas and being spotted out and about with various reality stars.
It's also believed she and Bec are even going to move in together.
And as for love, well, it looks like Bella has found plenty of that in other facets of life (including her new gal pals from the mansion) - and sometimes, that's more than enough.