Charlie Newling, 31, was without a doubt the most controversial contestant on The Bachelorette this year.
In the early episodes of the season, he seemed to stand a high chance of winning.
But as the weeks went by, Newling's outspoken manner saw him losing popularity - with both the viewers and Bachelorette Ali Oetjen.
On Wednesday night, during the show's all-important 'hometowns' episode, Newling was eliminated, and he didn't go down without a fight.
Telling Oetjen he wouldn't be introducing her to his family (which is what the hometowns episode is for), the pair got into an intense argument about why he was no longer happy with the way things were between them. Things escalated and before long, Newling was on his way home. But he's not mad about it.
"I'm really happy. I was honest, I was truthful, I was myself," he tells Fairfax Media after his elimination. "Through the whole process, I was me the whole time. I've got no regrets."
While Newling is adamant he did have genuine feelings for Oetjen in the beginning, he says the nature of the experiment increasingly drew him away from her. Her inability to give him exclusivity in the relationship before the finale saw him attempt to take the wheel, but Oetjen called his bluff and asked him to leave.
"It wasn't about her telling me whether she was in love with me or not, because I don't think anyone can do that at that stage yet," Newling explains. "It was about me telling her that I wasn't fully in love with her so I shouldn't - or more importantly, that I couldn't - say that honestly at the end without saying it for the sake of TV."
It's no secret to anyone that Newling's portrayal on the show hasn't been positive - and that's the one thing he's not all that happy about.
"I can be intense at times but that's a very small part of my personality. For me it's not really intense, it's just saying things how they are and being honest. A lot of people can't handle that or deal with that. Unfortunately, it's come across as me being a bit full-on, which I wasn't.
"People who know me or have dated me will know that I'm not [controlling or jealous] one little bit.
"I've definitely been misunderstood and it's a shame that I've been portrayed in that light. There is a lot of hate out there for me, there is a lot of negative energy. I would [have] loved for people to see what Ali felt and saw but you know what, that's what you sign up for. I try and turn a blind eye to it. For every hater there's 10 people that like you."
Newling says he went into the show with his eyes wide open to the process, and admits he and fellow bachelor Bill Goldsmith hammed up their rivalry for the sake of the cameras.
"The thing with me and Bill ... it's come across bad but we did that purely to entertain ourselves in the house.
"We had a bit of beef at the start for a couple of weeks and the producers and everyone else loved it so we were like, 'Let's just keep running it, it's going to make great TV and get us more airtime.' So we just played it up and it just got better and better."
As his relationship with Oetjen started to wane, Newling says he saw an opportunity to stir the pot for the sake of good television.
"When you go into a situation you want to get the utmost out of it. For me, the way to do that was two ways: getting time with Ali or being involved in drama. Those are the two things that get you on TV.
"If you don't get [time] with her, you want to be shown on TV as much as you can, so why not do both? Why not be involved in drama and spend time with her."
But rest assured, Newling says he was on the show for the right reasons.
"I was definitely there for love," he says. "I was interested in her and I was really intrigued because she knew exactly what she wanted - like I did."
Newling, who says he had every intention of telling Oetjen that he has an 8-year-old son but never found the right time, also confirmed that he is now dating this year's The Bachelor contestant Dasha Gaivoronski.
"Yeah, you could call it dating. We're really, really, really, really good friends," Newling says. "We were drawn together obviously through the process of the show and she's supported me at times of need. We are good friends and it's a good basis for the start of a relationship. Watch this space."
Is it love?
"Definitely not, no," Newling says with a loud laugh. "It hasn't been that long! It's definitely more than a friendship."
In spite of the unpleasant way his relationship with Oetjen ended, Newling believes he did the right thing, and says he's sure Oetjen will "look back on it and think the same thing". He's also fairly confident he would have won the show, had he not forced Oetjen's hand in his final episode.
"I don't want to sound arrogant but I think I would have won," he says. "Yeah, I think so. I definitely think I would have been in the final two. You didn't get to see it but we definitely had the strongest connection in there, and the longest."
So, one question remains: why wouldn't he introduce her to his family?
"There's actually more to that story than what's come across," Newling explains. "My grandma was actually very sick, she had terminal cancer and I received a phone call late that night before the hometowns that [his family] had to rush to Newcastle because she had become critical.
"That was why I cancelled the dinner - because they couldn't make it. It was nothing to do with Ali."