Bachelor's Louise Pillidge unrecognisable 9 years after TV bombshell

The former reality star looks worlds away from her time on the Channel 10 show.

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

Nine years on from the scandal, Louise looks completely unrecognisable with a brand new look.

Louise Pillidge with blonde hair on The Bachelor / Louise with brown hair.
Since dating Blake Garvey, Louise Pillidge has grown out her hair and dyed it brown. Photos: Channel 10 / Instagram/louisepillidge

Louise, now 35 years old, has swapped out her cropped blonde locks for long brown hair.

The former reality TV star is currently working as a marketing and PR manager for international award-winning jeweller Calleija Jewellers on the Gold Coast.


Louise was 26 years old when she 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 during 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

Louise and Blake's relationship history

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.


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.

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