Reality telly helped me 'rediscover myself' says The Bachelor's Gavin Henson

Gavin Henson

Star of the new Channel 5 series The Bachelor, Gavin Henson has said that taking part in reality telly helped him to 'rediscover himself' after his difficult break up with ex-wife Charlotte Church. Speaking to the Daily Mail about his new series, Gavin added that he wasn't after a replacement for Charlotte on the show.

The programme will see 20 foxy ladies compete for the rugby hunks affections, but he insisted: "I'm not looking for a mother for [my kids] because they already have a mother.

"I'd just like them to grow up knowing what to look for in a caring man and seeing how a woman should be treated. Hopefully, I can find that."

He added: "I know it's a TV show, but I'm coming to it with genuine reasons."

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The Welsh rugby has taken part in a number of reality TV shows, including 71 Degrees North where he finished in second place and Strictly Come Dancing where he made the semi-finals, despite questionable dancing skills. Talking to the newspaper, Gavin said the programmes helped him to "re-find" himself.

He said: "Doing 71 Degrees North was a pivotal moment. I suppose I'd lost some of my identity. I thought about everything – my life, my rugby, my relationship... I kind of lost the old Gavin,.

"Everything suffered… I don't really want to think about it. It's not nice to reopen those wounds. I was just in a relationship where I wasn't made to feel good about myself.

"Then 71 Degrees North helped me re-find myself and Strictly helped me rediscover my confidence. Also, I didn't have a job, so the money was a factor."

He continued: "I was blown away by the public support. Everyone has this fear of not being liked. I wasn't the best dancer on Strictly, so to be kept in each week by the public was an amazing feeling."

The Bachelor starts on August 19 on Channel 5.

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