As a contestant on The Bachelor in 2015, Heather Maltman didn't end up winning the heart of main man, Sam Wood but she did steal the hearts of Aussie viewers with her fresh, hilarious and quirky personality.
Since her stint on the popular reality TV show, the 36-year-old has continued with her acting career, hosted a TV show or two, and even landed herself her own prime-time breakfast radio program.
After shooting to fame with a head of long brunette locks six years ago, Heather decided a few weeks ago it was time for a drastic change.
The Sydney local bravely chopped it all off in February 2021, now sporting a chic pixie cut that has left her almost unrecognisable.
New hair, who dis?
The head-turning hair makeover was Heather's way of raising funds for children's charity, Variety. And, by the looks of her Instagram account, she's settling into life as a short-haired beauty rather well.
Not only does Heather have a new look but she's also landed herself a new job behind the camera, as an assistant producer on the hit kids TV show, Bluey.
'How far I've come'
She took to Instagram to share a selfie of her fresh 'do along with a snap from 2012 and reflect on her achievements over the past decade in a lengthy caption.
"#startedfromthebottomchallenge first photo ever on insta 2012 and one right here right now with no filter in 2021. To show how far you’ve come," she wrote.
"In this time, I’ve gotten myself out of 2 lots of debt from 2 different shitty ex boyfriends. Found my voice in @thebachelorau and then promptly let other production choices I made take it away."
Along with buying a house, Heather also touched on finding love with her current boyfriend and podcast co-host, Matt Baker as well as suffering a tragic miscarriage in late 2019.
"I’ve started my own business. Bought a house. Found the love of my life @baksey01. Have the best cat in world. Lost the other best cat in the world after 22yrs. Lost family. Lost a baby. Made new family. Lost work due to bullying and not being able to stand up for myself. Found new work with people I don’t need to do that with.
"Cut all my hair off for a good cause. And even watched Friends from start to finish (more than 20times). Oh, and got a role in a Series with a man I freakin adore @nbcyoungrock massive thanks to @jlwalk for that part. You have no idea how much I needed that little green tick sir."
Time to 'heal'
Heather opened up about the devastating loss of her and Matt's baby, who they named Llewy, in a heartfelt Instagram post in November 2019. She explained the pair would be wrapping up season one of their ONE podcast earlier than expected to take time to 'heal' after the miscarriage.
"@baksey01 and I have decided to end the ONE podcast for its first season. And pick it up again in 2020. After the last 2 months. And having to say good bye to our little person Llewy... We need time to heal," she wrote.
She went on to thank those who had shared their own experiences with pregnancy loss and promise to start a new podcast to openly talk about ‘all of the things people are too scared to discuss’.
Heather also thanked the hospital staff at Sydney's Randwick Macquarie ward who had looked after her over the past two weeks when she had a strong reaction to medication and complications that results in surgery.
Her post came just two weeks after she shared a selfie from a hospital bed while Matt slept on the floor beside her. While she didn't elaborate on why she had been admitted, Heather did praise her partner for being her ‘rock’ during "one of the saddest moments of our journey so far".
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