When Bridget Marshall stood to receive the verdict from the Bachelor SA’s Marc Buckner, she realised she couldn’t have prepared for that moment.
The Durbanite tells YOU she blanked out after Marc used the word “but” as he was expressing his feelings about her.
“It was horrible, it was awful,” Bridget says. “I actually went back to my room that night and bawled my eyes out.
“I was on the phone with my mom and dad and I was on a plane home the next day. I cried and I got angry, you go through the emotions like you’d go through normally because essentially it’s a break-up.”
Thankfully for her, the drama and uncertainty has finally come to an end.
Bridget often found herself in the centre of tensions and had sessions with a psychiatrist to help her get through the competition.
It started with 22 contestants in the mansion and although she was one of the final two, her involvement in all the interpersonal dramas led to her losing out to Marisia van Wyk.
Watching the season over again wasn’t easy either. It was an emotional night in the Marshalls’ house as the family relived Bridget’s experience.
“It’s overwhelming. Reliving all the emotion last night was a big one for me and I felt like I was there again.
“I did have a cry and got upset, which is normal of course. Even watching last night, they [her parents] got emotional – it’s never nice to watch your daughter and loved one get hurt.”
Looking back, Bridget agrees that her involvement in the friction in the house contributed to Marc’s final decision, but she’s made peace with the outcome.
“I personally feel there may have been other factors too, that he just liked Marisia a lot more and saw himself with her a lot more and perhaps [not] saying that to me. He didn’t want to hurt me.
“I like Marc and Marisia, I think they are great together, and he’s just not my person, my person is still out there somewhere.”
The 31-year-old says she’s open to being friends with Marc, although they haven't spoken one-on-one since their public split. They were always able to be good friends and now that she’s find closure, there was even more potential for friendship.
“I've always thought Marc is a great person. I would love to still be friends with him. I think we’ll be good friends, we’ve always had a good laugh.
“At the end of the day, it is Marc's decision who he feels he has the best bond with. Marisia was his person and I wasn’t – that’s something that I’ve had to deal with the last few months and it’s okay.
“I’m happy and don’t have any hatred or resentment towards anybody. Sometimes you meet people and they’re just not the one.”
Since her break-up with Marc, Bridget has travelled to Hong Kong and Europe with friends and family and has gone on a few dates too.
“I’m over it, I’m single, I’m ready to mingle,” she said.
“I’ve been on one or two dates here and there. At the moment I’m just happy being single and I’m in such a good place in my life, I’m not going out of my way to find someone.”