POPCAST: Life After Reality TV, With Matty Johnson and Laura Byrne

Episode five of POPSUGAR Australia’s podcast, POPCAST, sees host Tim Dormer interview one of Sydney’s golden couples — Matty Johnson and Laura Byrne. After Matty’s heartbreaking turn on The Bachelorette in 2016, Laura won his heart on The Bachelor last year — a modern day romance, and very much the real deal.Matty and Laura’s revealing interview with Tim covers the reality of falling in love on TV, and how they’ve coped with the ongoing public examination of their relationship. 

In this episode we hear about:

  • What life has been like since The Bachelor ended last year (00:47)
  • How it felt to be ‘watched’ after the show ended (02:00)
  • The most frustrating experience post-show (04:00)
  • Why Matty decided to return to reality TV for a second time in 2017 (04:45)
  • How The Bachelor contestants are cast (05:26)
  • Laura’s motivation to sign up for The Bachelor (06:26)
  • How reality TV has changed over the last few years (08:15)
  • The downside to social media (09:28)
  • Matty’s public heartbreak in 2016 (12:00)
  • Matty and Laura’s infamous meeting before The Bachelor at Bondi Icebergs (14:00)
  • Whether they were portrayed correctly on the show (15:45)
  • How producers help push the storylines forward (17:30)
  • The impact The Bachelor has had on Laura’s jewellery brand Toni May (20:25)
  • Whether the experience of The Bachelor has affected the way they think about love (24:00)
  • If Matty and Laura regret falling in love on a TV show (26:00)
  • If another reality TV show is on the cards (27:00)
  • Their plans for the future (30:50)

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