Bachelor's Louise Pillidge unrecognisable 7 years after TV bombshell

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It was one of the most shocking moments in reality TV history when Bachelor Blake Garvey left his fiancée Sam Frost for the show’s second-runner-up, Louise Pillidge.

Seven years on from the scandal, Louise looks unrecognisable from her time on the dating series.

Louise before and after.
Since dating Blake Garvey, Louise has grown out her hair and dyed it brown. Photos: Channel 10 / Instagram/louisepillidge

Now 33-years-old, Louise has changed up her signature cropped blonde look and instead has long brown hair.

The former reality TV star is currently working as a marketing manager for an accounting firm in the Gold Coast.

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Louise, then 26-years-old, appeared on the second season of The Bachelor in 2014 with real estate auctioneer Blake Garvey as the series lead.

Over 1.4 million people watched Blake get down on one knee to propose to the show’s ‘winner’ Sam Frost on the final episode. However, it wasn’t long until he broke up with her to pursue a relationship with Louise.

Blake and Sam Frost.
Blake remains the only Australian Bachelor in history to propose to his ‘chosen girl’ in the finale. Photo: Channel 10

With Blake immediately being slammed by the Australian public, it was seemingly impossible for the pair to have a lasting relationship with so much scrutiny.

Louise quickly moved to Perth to be with Blake, but they called it quits in 2016 after 18 months of dating.

Notably, the couple announced their split by doing an interview and photoshoot with New Idea.

Blake told the publication that the relationship was ‘suffocating’, while Louise said it took her months to deal with the fact she was Blake’s third choice of partner.

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In an interview with Today Tonight about their breakup, Blake confessed that he’d experienced depression and they both went through ‘some acute anxiety’ during their time together.

“We’ve been through the worst of the worst,” he reflected.

“I can’t think of that many couples who have had to be that scrutinised, and the bond that that’s formed between us has been amazing.”

Louise and Blake.
Blake said that his relationship with Louise was ‘suffocating’. Photo: Channel 10

Since then, both Blake and Louise have kept a very low profile. While the former Bachelor has deleted all of his social media accounts, Louise posts on Instagram very rarely.

In 2019, it was reported by Daily Mail that Blake had been dating a 23-year-old woman for two years, but it’s unknown if they are still together.

Unfortunately for fans, it doesn’t look likely that the two former lovers will make an appearance in Bachelor In Paradise anytime soon.

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