Sydney marketing director Matthew Johnson, affectionately known to fans as Matty J, has been confirmed as the latest star of Network Ten dating show The Bachelor.
The 29-year-old was a fan favourite on the most recent season of The Bachelorette, where he came runner-up to winner Lee Elliott in the battle for Georgia Love’s heart.
He was the hot pick to star in the fifth season of the show – which will air later this year – after widespread outrage over Love’s decision to turn him down in The Bachelorette’s Singapore finale.
Johnson admitted he was heartbroken and would “run to the bathroom and start crying” in the weeks following the rejection.
However, it’s clear he’s bounced back and is ready to put himself out there again.
“I feel so privileged that I’ve been given the opportunity to be The Bachelor,” Johnson said in a statement.
“Without question, the most exciting part is the chance to meet the girl I’m going to spend the rest of my life with.”
According to Johnson, his ideal woman is “kind, intelligent, easy-going” and “shares his passion for the outdoors and the ocean”.
Ladies, start your engines.
— The Bachelor Aus (@TheBachelorAU) March 1, 2017