There are strict rules when it comes to kissing on The Bachelor, and the producers determined that every single pash is caught on camera.
But last year’s winning couple broke that rule, with Irena Srbinovska revealing on Wednesday she had a secret smooch with Locky Gilbert away from prying eyes.
‘Was there any off-camera moments between you and Locky we haven’t seen?’ a fan asked the 31-year-old nurse during an Instagram Q&A.
Secrets: Bachelor winner Irena Srbinovska, 31, revealed the very naughty rule she broke with Locky Gilbert, 30, (both pictured) during filming at the mansion during an Instagram Q&A
‘Yes! This was actually not our first kiss,’ she replied, sharing a photo of the kiss Channel 10 described at the time as their first.
‘We actually had our first kiss off camera in between scenes, which was very naughty and sneaky but we couldn’t help ourselves.’
Irena said the lovebirds were also lucky to spend a lot of time together during their single dates, allowing them to form a meaningful connection.
‘Even though you see a few minutes, we actually had full days,’ she added.
Off-camera: ‘Yes! This was actually not our first kiss. We actually had our first kiss off camera in between scenes which was very naughty and sneaky but we couldn’t help ourselves,’ she said
‘And I was also the only girl that got time alone with Locky during every cocktail party,’ she boasted.
Meanwhile, Locky and Irena revealed this week they’d lost a child to miscarriage ‘a few months’ into their relationship, but chose to keep it private.
They spoke about the miscarriage for the first time in an interview with Who magazine on Thursday, admitting it was a ‘devastating low’.
Loss: Locky and Irena shared their heartbreak on Thursday, after losing a child to miscarriage ‘a few months’ into their relationship
Irena said the miscarriage may have been linked to the stress she was going through in the aftermath of The Bachelor.
The nurse was secretly struggling after her father, Vasco, had suffered a medical emergency and she couldn’t be with him due to Covid border closures.
She was also dealing with trolls after Locky had infamously told his runner-up on The Bachelor, Bella Varelis, he was falling in love with her only to pick Irena instead.
Private struggle: Irena said the miscarriage may have been linked to the stress she was going through in the aftermath of The Bachelor, including from trolling
According to Who magazine, ‘the stress led to devastating consequences’.
Irena told the publication: ‘During our first few months together I unfortunately suffered a miscarriage.
But Locky was my absolute rock and having his support made me love him even more.’
Heartbreak: ‘During our first few months together I unfortunately suffered a miscarriage. But Locky was my absolute rock and having his support made me love him even more,’ Irena said
Locky, 30, said: ‘We are just normal people and while we put ourselves in the spotlight, you never know what is going on in our lives that day.
‘If you have to say something, then direct it at me, not my girl.’
Despite their heartbreaking setback, Locky and Irena remain hopeful of starting a family together in the near future.
Love story: The couple met on last year’s season of Channel 10 dating show The Bachelor
‘We talk about it all the time,’ said Irena, adding that they have already chosen names for the two children they plan to have.
‘We aren’t spring chickens, so it’ll happen sooner rather than later,’ Locky added.
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‘We talk about it all the time’: Despite their heartbreaking setback, Locky and Irena remain hopeful of starting a family together in the near future. Pictured here on The Bachelor
How at least one in six pregnancies ends in a miscarriage
One in six pregnancies in women who know they are pregnant become miscarriages.
But even more happen among women who don’t know they have conceived.
Miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy is lost within the first 23 weeks after conception.
The main symptoms are bleeding from the vagina, which may be accompanied by lower abdominal pain.
There are various reasons women may have a miscarriage – it is common and is not usually caused by something they have done.
If a miscarriage happens in the second trimester – between weeks 14 and 26 – it may be a sign of an underlying problem.
Often, miscarriages are isolated events and women will go on to have successful pregnancies.
The majority of miscarriages can’t be prevented, although being generally healthy will help reduce the risk.
Losing three or more pregnancies in a row – known as recurrent miscarriages – is uncommon but still affects around one in 100 women.