Like you, we’re huge fans of The Bachelor Australia at Yahoo Lifestyle, and we cannot wait to watch this year’s hunk, Matt Agnew, embark on his search for true love.
But who is Matt Agnew, exactly? We’ve put our detective caps on and done some digging on the handsome young astrophysicist who is suiting up for the seventh season of the popular dating show.
Just call us your one-stop shop for all Matt-related goss from here on in.
Who is Matt Agnew?
Matthew T. Agnew was born on July 29, 1987, making him 32 years old. He is based in Melbourne but grew up in Adelaide and Perth.
Matt has three siblings and looks up to his parents, who have been happily married for over three decades.
To say Matt is smart is an understatement. He has a double degree in science and engineering from the University of Western Australia, and a Master of Science in Astrophysics from Sweden’s Lund University.
According to Matt’s LinkedIn profile, he’s been a PhD candidate at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne for the past three years.
Yep, that’s right: our new Bachelor will officially be Dr Matt Agnew someday soon.
The self-professed “Spaceman” isn’t just a brainiac. He also loves yoga, cooking, AFL and ice cream.
What is an astrophysicist?
Contrary to one Bachelor star’s assumption, astrophysics - which is a branch of astronomy - should not be confused with astrology, which involves star signs and horoscopes.
Eager bachelorette Abbie made that mistake when she first met Matt, exclaiming “I’m a Gemini” when he revealed his job. We’ve all been there, girl.
(Matt is a Leo, by the way.)
As an astrophysicist, Matt is involved in a branch of space science that applies the laws of physics and chemistry to explain the birth, life and death of not only stars but also planets, galaxies, nebulae and other objects in the universe.
"There’s a lot of things under the astrophysicist umbrella," Matt told 10 Daily, which sounds like a bit of an understatement to us!
"My specific research is about planetary science, so the stuff I’m doing is trying to figure out where another planet like Earth could exist, so we could actually look and find it," he added.
So, could Matt find humans a new home if we don’t take care of this one?
"I’m giving’ it a red hot go, so I’ll get back to you on that!" Matt laughed.
Why is Matt Agnew going on The Bachelor?
Following three serious relationships, Matt is now looking for love after being single for a year-and-a-half - and his intentions for becoming the Bachelor are just so pure.
He told 10 Daily that he’s simply “really hoping to fall in love” on the show.
“I’m at a stage in my life where I’m established in my career, I own my own home and finding someone to share my life with would make it the trifecta,” he said.
“It may be an unorthodox way to meet someone,” he added, “but I think it’ll be a sensational experience and make for a cracking ‘how we met’ story!”
Was Matt Agnew almost on The Bachelorette?
Fun fact: Matt Agnew could’ve fallen head over heels for previous Bachelorettes Georgia Love - who coupled up with Lee Elliott - or Sophie Monk.
He told TV Week that he was very nearly cast on both the lovely ladies’ seasons of The Bachelorette but later “withdrew due to travel commitments and date clashes.”
Who is Matt Agnew’s ‘ideal woman?’
So, who is Matt Agnew’s perfect match? “A genuine woman who enjoys having a laugh and doesn’t take herself too seriously,” he told New Idea.
Matt explained to 10 Daily that all the bachelorettes need to get his attention is to be passionate and engaging.
“I love hearing about things people genuinely love, are excited about and want to share,” he said.
Matt went on to share his concept of an ideal date, which seems to be either totally chilled - a cosy dinner and a few drinks - or full-throttle, such as skydiving in New Zealand and staying in an ice hotel or watching the aurora in Scandinavia.
Does Matt Agnew have Instagram?
Matt has kept a low profile on social media so far but he does have an Instagram account - the handle is @drmattagnew.
He has 20,000 followers - a number we are sure will grow - and is following just three accounts himself: Bachelor host Osher Günsberg and the official accounts for Channel 10 and The Bachelor Australia.
Does Matt Agnew speak other languages?
Not only is Matt a science whiz, but he also speaks multiple languages including French, which will see him to flirt up a storm on the red carpet with bachelorette Francophile Helena, 25.
But that’s not all - Matt will also impress Kristen, 25, with his mastery of Mandarin. “I can’t believe he can speak some Chinese!” she gushes in a promo for the show.
One language that Matt clearly hasn’t got his head around is Persian, and is tricked by Tehran-born bachelorette Sogand, 30, into proposing to her minutes after meeting.
"He asked me to marry him!" she exclaims after getting Matt to repeat a Persian phrase.
What does Osher Günsberg think about Matt Agnew?
Seasoned Bachelor host Osher has only amazing things to say about Matt.
"Our Bachelor Matt is a wonderful man. He’s kind, he’s very smart, he’s very handsome, he’s got a real humility about him,” he told 10 Daily.
“He still has a little ‘can’t quite believe it’ when he says ‘will you accept this rose?’ and they say yes. He’s like ‘ooh!’, so thrilled,” Osher added.
Who wins The Bachelor 2019?
Fans can rest assured that Matt isn’t about to pull a ‘Honey Badger’ and refuse to choose either of the final two contenders à la Nick Cummins in 2018.
On the contrary, Matt recently confirmed to TV Week that he has, in fact, found ‘the one.’
“I'm in love,” he said, smiling. “I would be hard-pressed to say I've been this happy before - this is me at my happiest.”
Does Matt Agnew want to get married and have kids?
It’s a big ‘yes’ to both tying the knot and starting a family from Matt.
The Bachelor also told TV Week that he and his lucky lady are so loved up that they’re already planning for wedding bells - and the pitter patter of little feet.
"It's the right time. I'm really excited to start that next chapter, which is marriage, kids, starting a family,” Matt said.
As for how many kids he'd like to have, Matt said he’ll likely be guided by his mum and dad.
"Having grown up with a big family, I don't know if I could do four. There's a level of practicality I need to keep in mind, so two or three is probably what I'd hope for," he said.
We might not have to wait long for a Bachie baby either, as Matt admits that he’d “love to be a young dad.”
“It's something I'm more than happy to get stuck into sooner rather than later,” he said.
When does The Bachelor 2019 start?
The Bachelor Australia season seven premieres on Channel Ten and 10 play at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 31.
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