Bachelor star Wesley makes history with wild decision ahead of finale

Wesley's shock announcement is a first for the Australian version of The Bachelor.

From Blake Garvey dumping his winner and reuniting with his second runner-up to Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins deciding not to choose anyone in his finale, there have been plenty of shocking moments on The Bachelor since the series first premiered in Australia 10 years ago.

However, season 11 lead Wesley Senna Cortes’ announcement in Sunday night’s episode of the reality show may be the most surprising viewers have ever seen.

The Bachelor’s Wesley Senna Cortes and Luke Bateman looking shocked.
The Bachelor’s Wesley Senna Cortes (left) has made history with his surprising decision ahead of the finale. Photos: Channel 10

The 33-year-old Brazilian-born theology student has arguably been one of the most unconventional Bachelors in the show’s history, telling contestants early on in the experience that he is a virgin and wants to wait until marriage to have sex and move in with a partner.

While his conservative viewpoints have seen a handful of Bachelorettes walk away from the experience, Wes has formed a strong connection with 25-year-old mining administrator Brea Marshall over the past two weeks.

Sunday night’s episode, which is already available to stream on 10Play, sees Wes decide to send home his remaining two women Nella Lelo and Natalie Benson and enter into an exclusive relationship with Brea one week away from the finale.


“I love how clumsy you are and I think you’re beautiful and I think the spark was something that kept on growing. So, from now on, I would actually love to just focus on you,” he told Brea, who was delighted by the news.

Wes’ decision to choose Brea before the finale is certainly a first for the Australian franchise of The Bachelor, however, a similar incident occurred on The Bachelorette US in 2020.

The sixteenth season of the dating series saw Bachelorette Clare Crawley depart the show in episode four after choosing Dale Moss as her fiancé. Former Bachelor contestant Tayshia Adams then joined the show and replaced Clare as the Bachelorette with the remaining pool of suitors.

The Bachelor’s Wesley Senna Cortes and Brea Marshall.
Wes said goodbye to his remaining contestants and told Brea he wanted to enter into an exclusive relationship with her. Photos: Channel 10

So what happens now?

Unlike The Bachelorette US, Wes and Brea will stay on The Bachelor and keep going on dates together while fellow leads Ben Waddell and Luke Bateman continue their pursuit to find love.

The couple enjoyed an overnight date after going exclusive with their relationship which quickly turned awkward when Wes organised a separate room for Brea.

“It’s almost comical because there is a bit of a dampener on the mood. Right now, this is not a good start,” she remarked in her piece-to-camera interview.

Brea has repeatedly described herself as “a very sexual person”, so only time will tell whether she and Wes manage to overcome their differences and continue their relationship in the real world.

The Bachelors airs Sunday to Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel 10 and 10Play.

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