The Bachelor’s Jimmy Nicholson denies ‘breaching’ Covid lockdown by sunbaking at Bondi with friends


The Bachelor star Jimmy Nicholson has hit back at claims he’s breached Sydney’s strict lockdown rules, after being pictured sunbathing with friends at Bondi Beach.

The 31-year-old pilot has come under fire in recent weeks after being spotted out with a number of friends while maskless, not practicing social distancing, and at times simply lying down rather than exercising.

But Jimmy, who received the Covid-19 vaccine earlier this month, told Yahoo on Wednesday he hadn’t planned to meet pals when he was pictured in Bondi, before claiming the eastern suburbs were being unfairly targeted.

Speaking out: The Bachelor’s Jimmy Nicholson has denied claims he breached Sydney’s strict lockdown, after being pictured sunbathing with friends at Bondi Beach. Pictured on July 28 

‘I live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, so it’s perfectly fine to go and do some exercise with a friend. Even on the Bondi to Bronte walk, which I always do, there’s a lot of people there,’ he said.

‘All it takes is for someone to be walking in the same direction as you, next to you, for it to look like you’re in a big group of people walking around and that’s it.’

Due to the highly contagious Delta strain of Covid, Sydney residents are only allowed to leave their homes to buy food, for health reasons, to help vulnerable people, for work or education if not possible to do so at home, and for outdoor exercise.

Response: Jimmy, who received the Covid-19 vaccine earlier this month, told Yahoo! on Wednesday he hadn't planned to meet pals when he was recently pictured in Bondi

Response: Jimmy, who received the Covid-19 vaccine earlier this month, told Yahoo! on Wednesday he hadn’t planned to meet pals when he was recently pictured in Bondi

Response: 'I live in the eastern suburbs, so it’s fine to go and do some exercise with a friend. Even on the Bondi to Bronte walk, which I always do, there's a lot of people there,' he said

Response: ‘I live in the eastern suburbs, so it’s fine to go and do some exercise with a friend. Even on the Bondi to Bronte walk, which I always do, there’s a lot of people there,’ he said

Sighting: In late July he was pictured swimming with a pal in Bondi before the pair sunbathed shirtless on the beach afterwards

Sighting: In late July he was pictured swimming with a pal in Bondi before the pair sunbathed shirtless on the beach afterwards

Working out: Police were seen pulling up to Jimmy and his friend during an exercise session, checking they were adhering to lockdown rules

Working out: Police were seen pulling up to Jimmy and his friend during an exercise session, checking they were adhering to lockdown rules

Fine: The two men were seen squatting and lunging in these photos, which is perfectly allowed in Sydney's lockdown rules

Fine: The two men were seen squatting and lunging in these photos, which is perfectly allowed in Sydney’s lockdown rules

When it comes to exercise, you are able to do so with one other person outside of your household.

‘There’s a storyline saying you’re “breaching Covid” and everyone’s p***ed off because as soon as people see that now, people are genuinely really really upset,’ he added. 

Jimmy was pictured in late July swimming with a pal in Bondi before the pair sunbathed shirtless on the beach afterwards.

But he was later seen lunging and squatting during a workout session with the same friend. A police officer then stopped by to check they were adhering to the rules. 

When gossip website The Wash published pictures of Jimmy with four other friends around this time, disappointed fans accused Jimmy of setting a bad example.

Defence: 'All it takes is for someone to be walking in the same direction as you, next to you, for it to look like you're in a big group of people walking around and that's it,' Jimmy said of an earlier set pictures in which he was seen with multiple friends

Defence: ‘All it takes is for someone to be walking in the same direction as you, next to you, for it to look like you’re in a big group of people walking around and that’s it,’ Jimmy said of an earlier set pictures in which he was seen with multiple friends

Narrative: 'There's a storyline saying you're "breaching Covid" and everyone's p***ed off because as soon as people see that now, people are genuinely really really upset,' Jimmy said

Narrative: ‘There’s a storyline saying you’re “breaching Covid” and everyone’s p***ed off because as soon as people see that now, people are genuinely really really upset,’ Jimmy said 

Rules: You are able to exercise with one other person outside of your household, according to Sydney's current lockdown laws

Rules: You are able to exercise with one other person outside of your household, according to Sydney’s current lockdown laws

Not happy: When gossip website The Wash published pictures of Jimmy with four other friends at the beach, disappointed fans accused Jimmy of setting a bad example (pictured)

Not happy: When gossip website The Wash published pictures of Jimmy with four other friends at the beach, disappointed fans accused Jimmy of setting a bad example (pictured)

‘Is it “celebrity” privilege to not follow the rules…?’ one wrote, while another added: ‘Ugh. And people wonder why we can’t get in under control.’

‘How is the exercise rule not clear?? Your household or two people,’ a third wrote.

A fourth commented: ‘This is not okay. I’m from Melb, half of Sydney wouldn’t know a lockdown if it slapped them in the face and said “I’m a lockdown”.

‘Jimmy really needs to apologise for this blatant disregard of the rules. It’s really upsetting to see someone living their best life while we spent four months (and the past two weeks) not being able to travel more than 5km or see family.’

Hard times: In the same interview with Yahoo, Jimmy said he was taking the Covid pandemic extremely seriously due to the effect it has had on his career

Hard times: In the same interview with Yahoo, Jimmy said he was taking the Covid pandemic extremely seriously due to the effect it has had on his career

Challenge: The pilot said he had 'eight months off work with no pay' and was doing everything in his power to follow the rules

Challenge: The pilot said he had ‘eight months off work with no pay’ and was doing everything in his power to follow the rules

Only human: He said 'everyone slips up now and again' but insisted he wasn't 'throwing parties'

Only human: He said ‘everyone slips up now and again’ but insisted he wasn’t ‘throwing parties’

Reality star: Jimmy is currently appearing on Channel 10's match-making show The Bachelor

Reality star: Jimmy is currently appearing on Channel 10’s match-making show The Bachelor

Looking for love: His journey to find The One is still ongoing, with two ladies leaving the competition on Wednesday night

Looking for love: His journey to find The One is still ongoing, with two ladies leaving the competition on Wednesday night 

Eastern suburbs fury: Bondi Beach in general has come under fire in recent weeks, with thousands flocking to bake in the sun despite the strict lockdown rules

Eastern suburbs fury: Bondi Beach in general has come under fire in recent weeks, with thousands flocking to bake in the sun despite the strict lockdown rules

Time to go: Jimmy later put on a tank top as the pair left the beach after a day in the sun

Time to go: Jimmy later put on a tank top as the pair left the beach after a day in the sun 

Indeed, Bondi Beach in general has come under fire in recent weeks, with thousands flocking to bake in the sun despite the strict lockdown rules.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for further comment.

In the same interview with Yahoo, Jimmy said he was taking the Covid pandemic extremely seriously due to the effect it has had on his career.

The Jetstar pilot said he had ‘eight months off work with no pay’ and was doing everything in his power to make sure he doesn’t slip up.

He added that ‘everyone slips up now and again’, but said he isn’t ‘throwing parties’ and added that it was difficulty being under such scrutiny now he’s been thwarted into the public eye.

More to come: The Bachelor continues on Thursday at 7:30pm on Channel 10

More to come: The Bachelor continues on Thursday at 7:30pm on Channel 10 





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