Bachelor no more
The Bachelor’s Jimmy Nicholson shares with North Shore Living how it took a national television show to find love close to home.
It’s a tale as old as the first Spit Bridge. A Northern Beaches boy and a North Shore girl grow-up side by side, move between the same suburbs, attend schools mere minutes apart, but never actually meet. That is, until a chance encounter sees them fall head over heels in love.
But this time, that chance encounter is a reality television program watched by hundreds of thousands of Australians each week.
“It’s pretty crazy to think Hol and I never met prior to this,” Jimmy laughs.
“Statistically, I think the chances of meeting someone on the show are probably quite high, but actually meeting someone that you are crazy for is pretty low. So, I'm certainly really, really fortunate that she was there.”
It’s been a whirlwind few months for the Pittwater local cum commercial airline pilot, with his stint as the ninth Bachelor for Network 10’s flagship dating show recently coming to an end.
It saw the 31-year-old choose marketing manager Holly Kingston as the winner of his heart, sealing the deal with a 2.01 carat diamond commitment ring.
With Jimmy growing up between Palm Beach, Whale Beach, Newport and Bayview, and Holly being raised in Mosman, sparks first flew between their pair as they bonded over their shared love of the water.
“I took her on the paddleboarding date in Mosman with Billie, my dog. At the end of that day, she turned and looked to me and sort of said, 'This just got really real'. It was off camera, and I kind of looked back at her and I feel like the expression that we gave each other said a thousand words. We were both like, 'Okay, this is real now',” Jimmy smiles.
“Then every date that we spent together, the feelings just grew stronger and stronger.”
Jimmy says it was important to him that the North Shore and the Northern Beaches be featured heavily on the show, with each of the filming locations ‘significant places’ in his personal life.
“It was great to be able to share the Northern Beaches and a little bit of the North Shore with some of the girls. It’s where all my memories are,” he explains.
“I spent a lot of time on Pittwater growing up and at the beach. I took Ash, one of the girls, on a boat date on Pittwater, and I said on that date that every weekend I spent on my tinny with my best mates, which is true. That’s also why I took Holly to West Head, which is somewhere Mum and I go cycling.”
But it wasn’t all surf, sand, and playful pooches, especially for Holly, who struggled navigating her relationship with some of the other contestants.
Her tension with fellow housemate Stephanie made headlines during the show, with allegations of vulgar name-calling before Holly was badmouthed in front of Jimmy’s sister and cousin.
“That was pretty tough to watch, because I know that she did absolutely nothing wrong and I couldn’t stick up for her [when it aired] as I couldn’t let everyone know that I’d picked Holly,” Jimmy shares.
“Also, it being when my family came in… We don't want to focus on that kind of stuff, though, because I think it's giving light to people that want the attention. We're trying to just focus on ourselves now.”
Part of that focus will be finally embracing life as a ‘normal’ couple, with coffee dates, casual walks and even moving in together all on the cards.
Jimmy says its quiet a relief after months of only seeing each other at ‘secret’ meet-ups ‘in the darkness of night’, organised by Network 10 and Warner Brothers.
“It was pretty tempting, I must admit. To just go and see her and meet up, but we stuck to it and now it's nice to be able to life our lives,” he says.
“When I was first approached to do the show, I had been stood down from flying due to COVID and had a lot of time to think. I'd been in a long-term relationship; I'd had two years single. And I thought, 'You know what? Let's just go for it. This could be a sign.’ And I’m so glad I did.”