He fell head over heels on The Bachelor with single mother-of-one Alex Nation in 2016 on the reality TV show.
But in August this year, Richie Strahan’s relationship with the 26-year-old model crumbled as she announced she had entered a lesbian relationship with fellow footy player Maegan Luxa.
And just days after Alex flaunted her engagement news to her lady love, Richie finally broke his silence after months of keeping his lips sealed.
‘It was heartbreaking’: The Bachelor’s Richie Strahan breaks his silence for the first time since split with Alex Nation as he talks about his lowest point of his life after his ex gets engaged to lesbian lover Maegan Luxa
‘The months leading up to it were the most difficult, crazy and confusing time I’ve been put through. Having something dissolve the way it did was heartbreaking,’ the 32-year-old told New Idea.
The rope technician revealed that despite falling in love, they broke up because the spark simply fizzled.
‘I guess the brightest spark can fizzle fast. We made some bad choices back in June and our relationship really struggled to recover for months after that.’
Happily never after: ‘The months leading up to it were the most difficult, crazy and confusing time I’ve been put through. Having something dissolve the way it did was heartbreaking,’ the 32-year-old told New Idea
Richie, who is an advocate of men’s mental health also said that his has been tested over the past few months saying, ‘you couldn’t imagine the craziness I’ve been through.’
He also addressed hitting his lowest point in his life, but also confirming that it was a ‘blessing in disguise’ and that there is always a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.
Engaged… but not to Richie: It was revealed on Monday that Alex and Maegan were engaged after photos of the couple strolling along a dock in Frankston, Victoria, were released
He also said that he was open to falling in love again and does not regret going on the show.
Richie did not speak of his ex’s recent engagement to Maegan, but according to a previous report in New Weekly, the handsome hunk had plans to seal the deal but was stopped by his leading lady herself.
Open to love again: He also said that he was open to falling in love again and does not regret going on the show
‘Richie never proposed to Alex because she was constantly telling him she just wanted to “enjoy this chapter” after The Bachelor finished,’ the anonymous source said.
‘She said they “just weren’t there yet”. And now after only three months with Maegan she’s planning her forever. It hurts!’
Meanwhile, it was revealed that Alex and Maegan were engaged after photos of the couple strolling along a dock in Frankston, Victoria, were released a few weeks ago.
She said yes! Alex Nation is engaged o girlfriend Maegan Luxa after three months together and the former Bachelor winner flashed her new diamond sparkler during a loved-up outing
The pair look positively delighted, packing on the PDA beside the ocean on a spectacular spring day.
Alex was wearing a diamond sparkler which featured a white gold tear drop cut with a diamond-encrusted band.
The ladies met in August playing for the same AFL Women’s team, the Frankston Bombers.
Just two days prior to their engagement Alex spoke openly about moving in together and the day Meagan met her six-year-old son, Elijah.
‘I feel relieved that I can finally talk about it now,’ she told the Herald Sun on Friday.
‘As of the last few weeks we’ve lived together. It’s been really nice. It just feels so good. Nothing forced or scary.
What a pearler! The ring given to Alex Nation is a one-of-a-kind