Back in September, former “The Bachelor Australia” contestant Megan Marx made her new relationship public: with another former “The Bachelor Australia” contestant, Tiffany Scanlon. The two women, along with a myriad of others, were competing for the affections of one Richie Strahan, who basically became chopped liver when the women met each other. In fact, Marx left the show voluntarily — even though she had received the first impression rose on the very first night of the show — and Scanlon was eliminated in the third round. But she definitely didn’t seem to care.
Last month, Marx took to Instagram and posted a photo of the two of them by the water, and included the following caption with her post:
I met Tiffany in a very strange situation. Well… we were kind of dating the same guy. And it was filmed and put on TV. From that first cocktail party, it was like this instant calibration between souls, as if we had known each other once before. Friendship ripened into something bolder, trust in a very strange situation was formed, and now every adventure we have rivals the other- and continues to make plans for itself. Yesterday I flew this beautiful woman to The Abrolhos islands for her 30th birthday! I have to admit that I felt so so proud to be with her, my favourite person, celebrating such a momentous occasion on the water- a mutual love of ours. She is so confident in the ocean and in every adventure, as if every new experience is a winning of the lottery somehow; a chance to grow and learn and develop. To Tiffany, experience wins over the worldly acquisition of ‘things’ every time- and I think this is why she is so open-minded, so accepting of others, so fun and so at ease with letting winds blow her towards a variety of opportunities. She’s helped me to disintegrate many of the ideals I’ve had that were harmful (about relationships, about career and ‘stability’) and for that I feel set free. Thank you for always asking questions (detective Tiff), for being curious about people, ideologies and the universe; for loving people with such a wholesome love that I don’t know if I would ever be able to emulate. It inspires me. Happy Birthday Tiffany. I love you.
Unfortunately, not everyone seems to believe that the romance is real. The women have a number of detractors all over the internet, accusing them of pulling a stunt for publicity to extend their 15 minutes in the spotlight.
But for every detractor, there’s an equally avid supporter, who congratulates the women on finding love, even in the strangest of circumstances. One person on Twitter said that this was the best thing to ever come out of “The Bachelor” franchise.
It’s easy to take a cynical view, but with the affectionate photos on Instagram, and the inspiring words that these ladies say to each other in public, it’s easy to see the spark between them.