Bachelorette Elly Miles spills the beans on ‘casual romance’ with contestant Joe Woodbury prior to show’s filming
They’re rumoured to have ‘casually’ dated prior to filming The Bachelorette together.
And on Wednesday, Elly Miles confirmed that the ‘casual romance’ with one of her contestants Joe Woodbury did in fact happen.
The 26-year-old, who is starring on The Bachelorette with her sister Becky, 30, this season, said she was completely taken aback at realising he was a suitor on the show.
Confirmed! Elly Miles (left) has confirmed that she dated Joe Woodbury (right) before they filmed The Bachelorette together
‘I was very shocked (to see him on the show),’ Elly told The Daily Telegraph.
‘I was speechless. I had no idea … We had a bit of a casual romance.’
This is despite claims Elly had prompted producers to approach Joe after ‘casually’ dating him, according to Rachael Arahill on the So Dramatic! podcast.
Coming up! All will reveal when Elly (left) and Becky (right) star on the sixth season of The Bachelorette, which premieres Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel 10
‘Elly and Joe dated for a couple of months before The Bachelorette,’ she said on Friday.
‘They had been on and off for a few months. They were dating in Newcastle right up until she moved to Bondi and they continued dating casually when she was living in Bondi. She would travel back and forth.
‘Producers asked Elly if she was dating anyone or if she was interested in anyone, and if there’s someone she wanted to be on the show. Elly told them about Joe and the rest is history.’
Each other’s fans! Elly and Joe ‘casually’ dated prior to the sixth season of The Bachelorette being filmed and have been following each other on social media for months (pictured)
And their admiration for each other can be seen on social media, with a flirty exchange showing Joe’s nickname for Elly – ‘Dobby’.
‘Oh what an iso crew,’ Elly commended under Joe’s March 23 post.
The Bachelorette suitor responded: ‘Just missing Dobby!’
Digging deep: Looking at the duo’s social media, the pair can be seen engaging in a flirty exchange (pictured), with Joe nicknaming Elly ‘Dobby’
Other suitors, who are aware of the former romance, have voiced their concerns about Joe having an unfair advantage over others on the show.
Speaking anonymously to the So Dramatic! podcast, one divulged: ‘It wasn’t really a level playing field for the other guys.’
Elly and Becky were determined to keep the drama between the boys and not between themselves before signing up for the series.
Not fair! Other suitors, who are aware of Elly (left) and Joe’s (right) former romance, have voiced their concerns about the contestant having an unfair advantage over others on the show
They ‘didn’t want any drama’ between them and are determined to ensure their relationship is not ruined by reality television.
‘We knew there wouldn’t have been any drama on our end but we wanted to make sure that was across the board,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
The Bachelorette premieres Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel 10.
Sisters stick together! Elly (left) and Becky (right), however, are determined to keep the drama at the players level, revealing a major caveat when signing up for The Bachelorette