The Bachelorette contestant Jarrod Woodgate insists he is “not that full on” in real life.
The Bachelorette contestant Jarrod Woodgate insists he is “not that full on” in real life. Channel 10

Bachelorette's 'stage five clinger' says he's not so desperate

HE'S been labelled "creepy", "possessive" and a "stage five clinger" by The Bachelorette fans, but Jarrod Woodgate says he's simply misunderstood.

Woodgate told Confidential he's not the desperate man he has been portrayed as in his pursuit of Sophie Monk.

"People have an idea that I am a little creepy because of what I've been doing and how full on I've been," Woodgate said.

"I wear my heart on my sleeve and as soon as a guy starts to show emotion, he becomes creepy and possessive and I'm actually just trying to be a genuine loving caring guy that Sophie wants.

"I'm not a boring guy, my focus was Sophie, I am only interested in Sophie. I'm not there to become mates with all the other guys in the house.

"If I find a girl that I'm interested in I will move mountains to be that guy and this is exactly the same attitude I had when I went in there."

He scored the first single date on the show and subsequently the first kiss with Sophie Monk.
He scored the first single date on the show and subsequently the first kiss with Sophie Monk. Channel 10

Woodgate, who works as a vineyard manager on his family's Victorian winery, said he has a thick skin, but his friends and family are concerned at the way he had been portrayed.

"I'm getting messages from my mates after people have been saying I'm a stage five clinger, and they're saying 'that's definitely not the Jarrod we know, he's a menace, he's never a stage five clinger, he's always been the one having the problems committing to a relationship'.

"This is my first opportunity where I've found myself ready (to settle down) and it just happens to be on national TV, but this is what it took for me to become a better person and finally know how to let people in."

Woodgate served in the Australian Defence Force.
Woodgate served in the Australian Defence Force. Supplied

The 31-year-old said he has outsourced his Instagram to his sister and wants the "haters" to private message him rather than write expletives on his Instagram that his young nieces and nephews can see.

"That's the only thing I want ask. If you do have an issue, private message me, I don't care. You can say whatever you want to me in a private message but do not put it up on Instagram."

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