Before Channel Ten has even set an air date for its upcoming, highly anticipated Bachelor spin-off, The Bachelor in Paradise, it seems that the cat might be out of the bag when it comes to the outcome for at least two of its contestants.
Jarrod Woodgate and Keira Maguire, the stand-out stars during their respective seasons – Woodgate coming runner-up last year alongside Sophie Monk on The Bachelorette and Maguire in 2016 on Richie Strahan’s season of The Bachelor – have been keeping each other company ever since they landed back in after their jaunt to Fiji, where filming took place late last year.
Despite signing Ten’s notoriously strict contract that bans them from being seen in public so as not to spoil the ending for fans, it seems that Woodgate and Maguire just can’t bear to be apart.
They have been spotted kissing on set in Fiji, meeting up for multiple secret weekends away, and on Saturday, they attended the annual Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo on the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, with the same group of friends.
Standing side-by-side in the exclusive, Italian summer-themed, Alfa Romeo marquee, Woodgate denied they were together, explaining that their appearance in the same place at the same time was nothing but a coincidence.
When asked by Fairfax Media about the rumours that they were a couple, Woodgate said: “No comment on Keira Maguire.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he added.
Maguire has had her eye on Woodgate since his passionate stint on The Bachelorette, where he was labelled by fans a “stage five clinger”.
Woodgate confessed his love for Monk, but she chose millionaire Stu Laundy as “the one”, leaving Woodgate in tears.
But Maguire need not worry about Monk as Woodgate said that’s all water under the bridge.
“I realised now that I loved Sophie as a person and I think I was being very protective because the other guys were around and it took me a while to realise that,” he said.
Woodgate believes that he acted more like himself on The Bachelor in Paradise as he felt more at ease around a mixture of male and female contestants.
“The Bachelor in Paradise is better with the pressure because you are there with a mixed variety of people. When I was stuck in a mansion with 20 other blokes when I had no idea who they are or what they want, it’s harder,” he said.
Woodgate has no regrets about his time on The Bachelorette, with his appearance helping to triple visitors to his family’s vineyard, Toms Cap Vineyard in Gippsland.
“Life since The Bachelorette has been epic,” Woodgate said.
“We get people calling up to find out if Jarrod from The Bachelorette will be there and then they come down to get pictures with me, just because of the show.”
Despite the downpours on Saturday, the stars still turned out in their Sunday best for what has become one of the most stylish events on Melbourne’s social calendar.
Actor and director, Gracie Otto, Offspring’s Asher Keddie and her artist husband Vincent Fantauzzo, and fashion influencers Clementine McVeigh and Rozalia Russian were all special guests of the main sponsor, Alfa Romeo.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Bec Judd, Lindy Klim, Georgia Love, Sam Wood and his fianc?? Snezana Markoski??? were also in attendance.
Fairfax Media has asked Channel Ten for comment.