The Bachelor's dumped winner Fleur Verhoeven: 'It still feels like an out of body experience'

Fleur Verhoeven, winner of season 2 of the Bachelor. Jordan Mauger, the Bachelor, has since ended his relationship with her. Photo / Michael Craig
Fleur Verhoeven, winner of season 2 of the Bachelor. Jordan Mauger, the Bachelor, has since ended his relationship with her. Photo / Michael Craig

Dumped Bachelor contestant Fleur Verhoeven is still struggling to come to terms with the events of the past 48 hours, which saw her named the winner of the reality romance, before Jordan Mauger ended their relationship yesterday.

"It's been a crazy last 48 hours really. It still feels like an out of body experience. It's really overwhelming. I'm taking it a minute at a time," she told NZH Focus exclusively.

The 26-year-old, who wasn't wearing the $26,000 commitment ring Mauger gave to her in the show's finale, has been avoiding social media since news of their split broke last night.

However, Verhoeven said she has been overwhelmed by people's support.

"It's really nice to hear all the amazing words, all the nice things everyone's saying.

To be honest, I haven't read most of it. I've kind of stayed away from social media and everything for the last 24 hours. The odd thing I have heard and the little messages here and there from friends and even strangers have been really amazing."

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As for Mauger, she had little to say on the subject other than: "I respect his honesty and honestly I just wish him all the best."

Earlier this week, Verhoeven revealed she was planning to move to Auckland to be closer to Mauger. Now she says she simply wants to get home to the Hawkes Bay.

"I just want to get home and be with my family and friends and go from there. I haven't really thought more than 24 hours ahead."

Her comments to the Herald follow Mauger's statement this morning on why he decided to call it quits on their relationship.

"Fleur is a remarkable woman. There is no doubt about that. What I have struggled with is interpreting my feelings from the show to the real world" Mauger said in a statement this morning.

"For the last seven weeks, Fleur and myself shared concerns and doubts over that time. Hoping that feelings would reignite again. With contributing factors like distance, media, remaining episodes, secrecy, it made it very difficult.

"After a long absence and only seeing her for the first time onstage, I knew something was amiss. After an exhausting schedule of media commitments and the dust settled, I knew I was being dishonest to Fleur and myself.

"It is only fair Fleur is with someone who can give her the best and give her the commitment and love she deserves.

"It is a great shame the feelings I had on the show haven't translated into real life.
I know Fleur will go on to do great things."

Mauger said the bachelorette's "talents and caring nature" would put her in a "great position for anything she decides to do. She will always have my full support and I care for her greatly."

During a Bachelor special this week it was difficult to see any sparks flying between the couple. A source told the Herald that Mauger and Verhoeven spent all night on opposite sides of the room.

There had been speculation that Mauger asked to re-shoot the end of the show amid fears he had chosen the wrong contestant, but the rumours were denied by the show's producers.

MediaWorks chief content officer Andrew Szusterman said the company was respectful of the couple's decision to end the relationship.

"We really are sad for Fleur and Jordan that it has not worked out for them. There is no doubt that their feelings for each other were genuine but unfortunately not all relationships are meant to be and this afternoon Jordan made the difficult decision to end the relationship," Mr Szusterman said. "They have our full support during this difficult time."

Mauger's decision will be a blow for MediaWorks and the show's sponsors. The show's previous winners, Art Green and Matilda Rice, have been a huge success story.

Host of The Bachelor New Zealand, Mike Puru, said he felt sorry for the couple in a touching message posted to Twitter.


The situation had not been helped by Khanjani's revelations that she had slept with Mauger "more than once". "I think I'm the only girl [to admit to it]," she said.

Despite being dumped by Mauger in the finale, Khanjani was the favourite to win - causing the hashtag #TeamNaz to trend on Twitter.

After Verhoeven's announcement hundreds took to social media to offer her their support.

A message posted on Khanjani's Facebook page last night appeared to be directed at Verhoeven: "Stop explaining yourself and telling people everything. You owe no one any explanation of what you do. Your life is yours, not theirs."

Contestant Erin Higgins wrote: "Sending lots of love out to my girl Fleur."

Viewers also reached out with kind messages to the heartbroken contestant.

Colleen Glenda wrote: "Kia kaha Fleur. You are a gorgeous young woman inside and out. Your dignity and grace is amazing and just shows what a awesome girl you are. Chin up babe x."

Posted Karin Mednis Shaw: "Heart felt love to Fleur. Both he and Naz have been disrespectful. Fleur has risen above it all with her beauty, kindness and grace."

"Fleur has come out the winner. She has won the minds; hearts and respect of a Nation," said Mia Joyce.

One person wrote on her Facebook page: "Keep your chin up Fleur, you're a beautiful lady with a lovely personality and you always hold yourself well. Prince Charming will find you one day."

Another wrote: "So sorry for you Fleur. You deserve so much better and one day you'll be so thankful he did this."

Others suggested she cash in her ring and use the money to go on a holiday.

Fans of the show have also brought the heat down on Mauger over his decision to dump the 26-year-old.

Many took to Facebook to condemn the Bachelor on his decision. Several said he didn't deserve to be with Verhoeven.

"Why would you choose her just to humiliate and break her heart only 48 hours later," one person wrote, while another posted: "I truly hope that you don't go to Naz, after her performance last night and the trash she has said on radio today it would be a real insult to Fleur to go to Naz but then maybe you two are just as bad as each other. Really disappointed in you Jordan."

Radio hosts' sex questions slammed

George FM hosts Thane Kirby and Kara Rickard have been criticised after they asked Naz Khanjani explicit questions about her intimate relations with Mauger.

A cameraman filming the interview also shot close-up frames of Khanjani's breasts. Mr Kirby's questions included, "Is he well hung?" and "did you orgasm?".

Many viewers took offence after the video was uploaded on to Facebook.

"The camera work is disgusting. It's an interview not a bikini photo shoot," wrote one commentator.

Another viewer said: "I am disgusted with how George FM has treated her and it is fair to say she deserves better."

- NZ Herald

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