- Channel24 talks to The Bachelor SA's Andeline Wieland about finding love again after appearing on the reality dating show.
- Andeline says the show changed her approach to love in the best way possible, and that she has no regrets about the experience.
- "He asked me out under the stars on the farm which was incredibly special," she says about her boyfriend, Kris Barnard.
The Bachelor SA's Andeline Wieland has found love again, after appearing on the second season of the reality dating show.
Although she did not find lasting love with model Marc Bucker, Andeline says she has no regrets about the experience, saying: "I believed it was important for me to put myself out there after having been single for two years. I knew ultimately whether I won or not, that this was the wildest thing I had done for love and that ultimately makes it worth it."
Andeline, who is from Namibia, says the show changed her approach to love in the best way possible.
"I realised I was open to older guys, but also that I needed someone who understood my career choice and supported it. I need someone who puts in the effort and makes me feel special, and I believe I've found that" she says.
She also realised that although a physical attraction is important in a romantic relationship, she also wanted to share her life with someone who she could connect with a spiritual and mental level as well.
About her boyfriend, Kris Barnard, "not related to the doctor," she jokes - Andeline tells us that he is from Windhoek with a masters degree in architecture from NMMU.
"Just like me, and many others, who had to give up job during the Covid-19 pandemic, he is looking for a firm so that he can clock his hours," she says, adding that he is "fantastic wildlife photographer," and that the couple started an events business together in Namibia, Southern X Studio.
"Currently, he is designing and overseeing farmhouse projects in the Kalahari and helping with my jewellery business, Untold Jewellery over the weekends while I prepare for Miss Supranational Namibia. He is so sweet and supportive," quickly adding: "Oh, and he has a culinary arts qualification too, so he is a master in the kitchen. Dream guy!"
The couple met 11 years ago at a paintball game when Andeline was dating one of his friends, but she says that the friend is now married with a child - so the bro code no longer applied!
"Secretly, I had always found him to be so inspiring and incredibly creative but never had the guts to say anything. He was also my house dance date at Stellenbosch in my first year. We don't know who had a crush on who first though. We are super comfortable with each other because of the long friendship which has really helped our relationship," she says.
"Our first official date was dinner and wine at his house followed by spontaneous dancing and arguing about who gets to choose the next song - we have very different tastes in music," she says, adding: "He asked me out under the stars on the farm which was incredibly special."
Dating during the Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging, admits Andeline, but they have come up with creative date night ideas to still adhere to restriction.
"We've had sushi and movie nights. Cook-offs, and I even held him his first-ever picnic indoors. We have done crafting projects together, worked on the farm, planted vegetable gardens, and he has been so supportive of my charity work and pageant dieting preparation too."
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Although they have been dating for some time, they decided to hold off going public with the relationship for a few months, until they felt "comfortable enough."
"I've had a few 'stalkers' send in public photos of us to Bachelor fan pages, and I would just prefer to own the narrative myself. I also think it's important to protect what you value, and I value our relationship more than public approval," she says.
What she loves most about Kris is that he is "incredibly sensitive, and kind."
"He treats me as his equal, and especially now during this financial crisis acknowledges that I am better at managing the finances. His creativity knows no bounds, and he is also very social and charity oriented, which I admire about him. He's always willing to learn or take on a challenge and loves God. He's also been super nice with the family which is always a bonus in my books. But ultimately, I love that he makes me feel special and always manages to make me laugh." she says.
The couple recently celebrated their blossoming romance with a couple photoshoot, and Andeline says although Kris is a fantastic photographer, she had no idea he was photogenic too!
"We got to borrow a car for my cousin's matric farewell, and our mutual friend Juné van der Walt was available to shoot so we did a quick, spontaneous shoot in the middle of an unfinished bridge so we couldn't get distracted," she said.
About the impromptu photoshoot, Andeline says that she enjoyed the commentary from the photographer on the day: "The best part was probably all the 'oo-ing" and "aa-ing" and sound effects Juné made to get us to look 'romantic.' I couldn't stop laughing, she really is the best."
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