'Hurt and blindsided': Survivor flame reveals Bachelor's brutal move

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Locklan 'Locky' Gilbert is the newest Bachelor. Photo: Channel 10

Survivor star Locky Gilbert shocked a number of fans when he was announced as this year’s Bachelor earlier in the week, as they wondered what had happened to his blossoming romance with former teammate Brooke Jowett.

As it turns out, he shocked Brooke as well – and may have bailed on a romantic getaway the pair planned to Bali.

The Survivor star, who is still very much part of the current Survivor season, took to Instagram to reveal her former flame’s announcement had left her ‘hurt and a little bit blindsided’.

Survivor castmate Brooke Jowett (left) has revealed new Bachelor Locky Gilbert may have ditched her. Photo: Instagram/brookejowett

Brooke and Locky appeared on this year’s Survivor: All Star’s season together, and had fans starry-eyed with their adorable relationship, which many speculated was a blooming love affair.

Brooke is still fighting in the competition while Locky was the 13th contender voted off, but with filming already wrapped, the personal trainer was free to take to social media to express her shock over Locky’s bombshell revelation.

Brooke reveals holiday bail

Taking the high road, Brooke didn’t shy away from the difficulty of the situation but was generous enough to wish her former co-star luck.

“My side of our story,” she wrote.

“Yes, I’m hurt and a little blindsided (excuse the pun) but I wish the best for Locky, I always will.”

‘Blindsiding’ is a tactic used on Survivor to eliminate the most confident contestants.

In the most shocking reveal of all, however, Brooke hinted that the pair had planned a romantic getaway to Bali together.

“It looks like I’m now going solo to Bali next month. Any takers?” she wrote.

“I guess we had different things planned in our heads for what was to come over the next few months.”

A resilient player on the TV show, Brooke proved it carries over in her personal life with some brave reflections on the situation.

“I know I have bigger and better things in store,” she wrote.

“I hope he finds what he’s looking for.”

Survivor fans puzzled

Locky was revealed as the Bachelor earlier in March much to the excitement of fans of the series, though at the time, Survivor fans were already questioning the 30-year-old’s relationship with Brooke.

“But what about Brooke?” one wondered.

“No Brooke...” another bemoaned.

Brooke herself took to the announcement on Osher Gunsberg’s page and cheekily made a request.

“Can I have Dr Chris Brown then?” she wrote.

Brooke and Locklan has been contacted for comment.

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