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Bachelor star Felix Von Hofe's famous ex-girlfriend revealed: 'Ended abruptly'

The couple dated in 2018.

He’s one of the three suitors looking for love on this year’s season of The Bachelor, but Yahoo Lifestyle can reveal that this won’t be Felix Von Hofe’s first high-profile romance.

Although the pair have wiped all evidence of their relationship from their social media accounts, the 27-year-old former professional basketball player previously dated Olympic athlete Liz Clay.

Bachelor Felix Von Hofe and Olympian Liz Clay.
Bachelor Felix Von Hofe used to date Olympian Liz Clay. Photos: Channel 10 / Instagram/lizclay_

Liz, also 27, is an Australian 100m hurdler who competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Her personal best of 12.72 seconds makes her the second fastest in Australian history.

A source tells us: “Felix and Liz were together for around a year in 2018 before they suddenly stopped posting about each other one day and removed their posts together.

“No one really knew what happened, it seemed to end abruptly.”

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Despite deleting all of their photos together, the exes still follow each other on Instagram and occasionally like each other’s posts. Felix last liked one of Liz’s posts in December, while she has liked all of his recent Bachelor related posts.

Bachelor Felix Von Hofe and Olympian Liz Clay.
Felix and Liz (left) still follow each other on Instagram. Photo: Instagram

The Bachelor 2023

Felix was officially announced as one of the three leading men for season ten of The Bachelor in May 2022 alongside 25-year-old drummer Jed McIntosh and 35-year-old restaurant manager Thomas Malucelli.

In a statement from Channel Ten, Felix described himself as a “family man” and said that the most attractive quality a girl can have is “a good sense of humour”.

“My dream date would be anything where it ends up hurting to laugh, because if we’re both laughing the whole time then it can’t get much better,” he said.

Ahead of the season premiere on Monday night, Felix revealed to Yahoo Lifestyle that producers had contacted him a number of times to be The Bachelor before he eventually said ‘yes’.

“I got a message saying, ‘We think you'd be a nice fit for what we're looking for’ and I didn't reply to that one,” he shared. “And then there was another one that I didn't reply to and I kept getting sort of pestered by it. It wasn't that I sort of didn't really want to do it, it’s just that I've never really considered doing any sort of reality TV stuff.

“And then eventually I did the first Zoom call with one of the producers and had a lot of fun with it, absolutely loved it. And from then on I was like, you know what, I like the people here, and it just went from there. And then about 6 million Zoom calls later we locked onto it. But I was aware that it was three fairly early on.”

The Bachelor's Felix Von Hofe, Jed McIntosh, and Thomas Malucelli.
Felix is starring on this year’s season of The Bachelor alongside Jed McIntosh and Thomas Malucelli. Photo: Channel 10

'Thrown into the deep end'

He added that the new season is “so representative of the real world”, with the traditional red carpet premiere swapped out for a series of blind dates.

“The dates aren’t these extravagant, wild things that you'd never see people do, and they also highlight the awkwardness of it all,” he continued.

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“Everyone's been on a date that doesn't potentially go the way you want, and you see that in its rawest form. Some of the dates absolutely sucked and it just fell flat and you’ve only got 20 minutes and people are nervous the first time they’re on camera.

“We were just thrown into the deep end, and I think a lot of people will relate to it. Whereas when you watch the previous seasons, it's kind of like a fantasy land. This has the good and the bad of real-world dating.”

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