Alone Australia has reached its final three after Kate Grarock tapped out on Wednesday night's episode, telling the cameras she 'ached' for her partner Elsie and daughter Juno and didn't want to stay any longer.
"What else is here for me?" she questioned. "Besides $250,000 and I don't need that money to live. I have everything I want at home. I think that's where I'm at. My purpose is back home being a mum."
When the extraction team arrived, she told them, "I'm feeling very excited now, but very ready to leave. It just felt like something was missing, there was no people to share it with and we're pack animals and we're meant to live together and share our thoughts and feelings and ideas and it's hard to sit with that. It was very hard for me."
However, as she left, Kate shared that she was leaving the show as a completely different person with a new appreciation for her relationships.
Speaking with Yahoo Lifestyle, Kate revealed one of her toughest moments might be one viewers wouldn't expect, revealing the wait for the extraction team was really difficult.
"You're pushing yourself and you're pushing yourself and you finally get to that point where you're like, 'I'm definitely at my limit here,' I've pushed and I've pushed and I've pushed – time to leave," she tells us. "I rang them, I think it was about 10am and they're like, 'No worries, are you sure?' And then they're like, 'OK, we'll come and get you at three,' and I was like, 'Are you kidding me?'"
The ecologist continued, "It's like, 'No, no, I want to be extracted now!"
She added that as a fan of the US version of the show, she thought she'd be picked up almost immediately.
"But I think they do that on purpose, right? So you sit there and you're like [stewing] and they're like, 'Keep the camera rolling!' Anyway, because I pushed so hard to get to where I'd gotten personally – and I was proud of where I got – there was I think it was four hours or something I had to wait and they felt like a chasm that was just impossible to get through to be honest."
Kate added that she used a "weird meditation" to get through the hours, which involved walking very slowly up and down the waterfront.
"Yeah, it was just a hard moment, but when you're ready to go, you're ready to go, but I think they like to let you stew a little bit," she said.
Gina, Mike and Michael are the final three people left on Alone Australia, with Kate putting her money on Gina to win the $250,000 prize.
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