He may have broken his contract by dating Dasha Gaivoronski, but it looks like Charlie Newling is still toeing the company line when it comes to interviews.
The Bachelorette star, 31, praised leading lady Ali Oetjen during a chat with NW magazine published on Monday, admitting he was drawn to her from the beginning.
The Sydney builder confessed he ‘stalked’ Ali on Instagram and even watched past episodes of The Bachelor as ‘research’ discovering she was this year’s female suitor.
Charlie Newling’s ‘stalking’ confession: The Bachelorette villain (left) has admitted he obsessed over Ali Oetjen’s (right) Instagram account and watched her old Bachelor episodes before applying for the show
‘I went back through old seasons [of The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise], stalked her on Instagram, did all my research before I got committed,’ he said.
‘I thought she was quite cute – the younger version of Ali,’ Charlie added, referring to Ali’s appearance on The Bachelor in 2013.
Charlie emerged as a frontrunner within the first few episodes of The Bachelorette, however he has all but confirmed he does not win the show.
Over the past two weeks, he has been pictured on several dates with single mother Dasha from this year’s season of The Bachelor.
Research: ‘I went back through old seasons, stalked her on Instagram, did all my research before I got committed,’ the 31-year-old builder admitted in Monday’s NW magazine
It is understood Charlie has broken his contract with Network Ten and producers Warner Bros. Australia by flaunting his relationship with Dasha so publicly.
In past seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette, contestants are banned from entering relationships while they are still being featured on the show to avoid spoiling the outcome.
Last week, an industry insider told Daily Mail Australia that Charlie’s behaviour will no doubt be causing serious drama behind the scenes.
Scandal: Despite Charlie still being featured on Ali Oetjen’s season of The Bachelorette, the father-of-one has been pictured on multiple dates with The Bachelor’s Dasha Gaivoronski [pictured]
‘He’s a major part of the show and is being edited as the winner, or at least final three. It’s frankly unbelievable he’s doing this,’ claimed the source.
‘He’s trying to sabotage the whole show.’
The Bachelorette continues Wednesday at 7.30pm on Network Ten
Prime time viewing: The Bachelorette continues Wednesday at 7.30pm on Network Ten