A Wānaka local again took the final rose in this year’s season of ‘The Bachelor’, following Richie Boyen’s winning romance with Lily McManus in last year’s ‘The Bachelorette’ - but this time it was not to last.
Former Water Bar employee, 26-year-old Annelise (Annie) Theis, caused drama when she was introduced as an intruder in episode 4, won the first kiss of the show and eventually claimed the final rose of opera singer Moses Mackay in last Wednesday’s final episode. But it was revealed in the reunion show on Monday night that Mackay and Theis had since parted ways.
Theis has lived in Switzerland, France, and Canada as well as Christchurch, Rotorua, and Wellington, but she told the Wānaka Sun that Wānaka was her “favourite place in the world.”
“I love it so much. It’s so beautiful and the community is amazing. It’s awesome to be so close to the mountains to go snowboarding and biking,” she said.
Now based in Auckland and reflecting on her experience on the show, Theis said it was “very strange to watch it back, because obviously we filmed it a while back. A lot has changed for me since then, I’ve moved cities and jobs, I have a whole new life. So, it’s kind of like having a weird flash-back of a dream.”
“The highlight of the season for me would probably have to have been taking Moses to the SPCA. I absolutely adore animals and there are so many of them out there that need new homes. It was a great opportunity to play with the dogs and cats and also raise awareness,” she said.
On Monday night’s catch up show, the pair said they were “still friends” after their “shared experience”, but they couldn’t make the romance work outside the “bubble” of the show.
This was followed by a shock announcement on Tuesday that, despite being together for the filming of Monday night’s show, Bachelorette couple Lexie Brown and Hamish Boyt have also since split up.
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