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The Bachelorette Australia

Exclusive: How Bachelorette Angie Kent found happiness after a family tragedy

“My secret heartache!”

By Zara Zubeidi
We're used to seeing her on our TV screens as one half of Angie & Yvie on Gogglebox Australia, or facing fearsome challenges on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Australia, but now we're set to see Angie Kent find 'the one' when The Bachelorette Australia returns this week.
Away from the screen, Angie's a family girl through and through, and she admits it was tough not being able to turn to them for advice during filming.
"It was hard, but at the same time, I've always put my friends and family first," she explains. "I think it was good to just do this for me."
Angie, 29, grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, with her mother, Jane, father, Markos, and younger brothers Josh and Brad.
She spent much of her childhood with her grandparents – her younger brother Josh was sick as a child, so her mother would often be at the hospital, while her dad would be working.
Angie is incredibly close with her family (Instagram: @angiekent_).
The star suffered a painful blow last year when she lost her beloved grandmother, Nanny Fae.
"So much has changed since then," Angie reflects, teary-eyed. "I've been quite emotional this morning. I think she's done all of this. It's wild. As soon as she passed, everything fell into place. She's just with me.
"She sent me into the jungle because I needed that. And she set up this [The Bachelorette Australia]. You'll have to wait to see what she found me at the end."
Knowing that everything will fall into place and that her grandmother is watching over her plays a huge part in Angie's view on marriage and children.
Before The Bachelorette Australia, she told TV WEEK she wasn't a "timeline sort of girl" and that hasn't changed – despite now being in a happy relationship.
"I'm more open to it [marriage and kids], but I'm not like, 'I want to get married next year and have kids' now that I've gone through this," she explains.
Angie shared this beautiful photo of Nanny Fae when she sadly passed away (Instagram: @angiekent_).
Of course, Angie's got another very special person looking over her on The Bachelorette Australia. Her brother, Brad, will actually be appearing on the show amid the contestants in a bid to "expose the poison apples" for his sister.
Angie says that having her brother there on the first night "was the best feeling in the world".
"To have him there on one of the most nerve-wracking nights of my entire life just put me at ease," she says. "He's such a good judge of character and the nicest dude," she says. "I knew he wouldn't go in there and just be like, 'That guy is a d--khead.' He'd focus on the positives, and that's what I wanted."
Angie's brother Brad is going undercover on The Bachelorette Australia.
The Bachelorette Australia premieres Wednesday, 7:30pm, on Network 10.

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