Perth The Bachelor favourite Brooke Blurton shifts focus to what matters most

Perth's The Bachelor contestant Brooke Blurton. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Perth's The Bachelor contestant Brooke Blurton. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

SHE might have been the one that got away from Nick Cummins’ controversial series of The Bachelor, but for Brooke Blurton it’s a case of moving on and focusing on the things she loves most.

The 23-year-old who was the favourite to win the “Honey Badger’s” heart, but walked away from the show after Cummins’ was unable to show his commitment to her.

It was a move that won the respect of fans from across the country as she became Australia’s sweetheart.

“I’ve definitely been lucky to come out of this with such a good response from all around Australia,” she said.

“It’s obviously really nice because you are who you are and I think people have liked that.”

Blurton who lost her mum to suicide, works as a youth worker with a focus on mental health, a role she describes as her passion.

“My job is awesome, I love it and if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life,” she said.

“ I am a role model or a mentor for young girls and boys as well, especially being Aboriginal.

“There is a bit of pressure with my job that I have to maintain a really positive outlook on life and that’s what I’m trying to encourage to young Aboriginal youth.

“We have been through some stuff and you go through some stuff but you can be a role model for other youth that are coming through which is what I’ve tried to implement myself.”

Having played sport for most of her life including women’s footy with the Swan Districts Football Club, rugby league for South Perth and union for Nedlands, Blurton described herself as pretty normal – despite all the recent attention.

“It’s actually off-season for footy but at the moment I’m still doing a bit of rugby so that’s good,” she said.

“My life has been well documented and people who know me, know I’m really normal.

“I’m actually really outgoing and a loving person and while my life hasn’t exactly been that stable, I’ve worked really hard to where I am now.

“I have a few goals that I’d love to achieve and that’s generally going back to study and educate myself.

“I want to try not to be just an advocate anymore, but to be in the position to actually make an influence.”

So why a reality television show to find love and is she still single?

“I’m different, I know what I need and it hasn’t been that easy trying to find that,” she said.

“It was also about putting myself out there and being vulnerable in situations which I’m not very good at but I tried my best.

“I think my message is that you should stick to what you want and be true to yourself.

The Bachelor you walk away with what you want to walk out of it with – whether you come out with him or you’re single.

“I’m single but I’m also happy.”