‘It’s time for a change’: The Bachelor’s Marc Buckner on why he wants to leave South Africa

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The Bachelor SA's Marc Buckner is leaving South Africa for Istanbul. (PHOTO: supplied)
The Bachelor SA's Marc Buckner is leaving South Africa for Istanbul. (PHOTO: supplied)

After being stuck at home for two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Bachelor SA's Marc Buckner can't resist his wanderlust anymore.

"I'm just waiting for my agency to book the tickets. But hopefully I'm going to get on a plane to Istanbul this weekend," he tells YOU from his home in Cape Town.

"I decided to do modelling in Istanbul. I've probably done modelling five to six years ago."

After two tough years, he says it's time for a change.

Last year he split from Marisia van Wyk (27), whom he met on the second season of The Bachelor SA. The couple got together when he gave her his final rose on the hit dating show.

They broke up after dating on-and-off for about two years but just as he was healing from the hurt, Marc was dealt another blow when his beloved dog Luna died earlier this year.

Now he wants to put the pain of the past two years behind him.  

Marc Buckner, South Africa, Istanbul, model, model
Marc has modelling jobs lined up overseas. (PHOTO: supplied)

"I want to leave South Africa. I've been trying to emigrate for seven months but I'm struggling with a passport and waiting for home affairs," he says. 

He laughs when we ask who's going to be South Africa's most eligible bachelor if he leaves.

"I'll still be coming back home," he says.

Marc won't reveal if he's dating anyone but admits he's been taking better care of himself lately. "I turn 40 in December. You know, when you go out with someone younger, you start to realise that you have to look at yourself."

He's already started selling some of his property and cancelled his cellphone and gym contracts as he gets ready to travel.

"I also want to go to Germany for work and then visit friends in Greece and Italy. If I can get the passport, my future family will also be able to use it," he says. 

He quickly stops himself from saying any more. "No, wait. We can't talk about this right now. Maybe at a later stage," he says.

Marc might be keeping mum about the special someone in his life but he's willing to talk about himself.

With the big 4-0 approaching, he's been making sweeping changes to his lifestyle so he can model and travel again.

"I grew my hair out because I craved change and I also started focusing on my body to take care of myself," he tells us.

He recently started sharing photos of his body transformation on social media to motivate others who want to get in shape.

"We need to understand ourselves, whether it's emotionally or physically. If you have a goal, you can do it. You can work on yourself and improve, learn something new or be passionate about something."

His goal right now is to take the modelling world by storm. "I want to be quite established before I have kids one day," he says.

While he's away, his mom will care for his fur child, LuSi. 

"I convinced my mother to come from Durban and stay in my house so she could look after my dog because I wouldn't be able to take her with me. I want to fly out soon but I'll just be gone for a few months," he says.

In the meantime, he's spending all his time bonding with his beloved pooch.

"I really enjoy jogging with LuSi or just seeing how happy she is at the dog park," he says.

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