Us Two: Ex-Bachelor Art Green and Matilda Rice
A year on since season one of The Bachelor NZ aired, Art Green, 27, and his leading lady Matilda Rice, 25, are still going strong, despite the challenges of having a relationship in the spotlight. As told to Hannah McKee.
MATILDA: We had our first "one-on-one" conversation on the show, Art was trying to be serious.
But as we got up, he kind of tripped and fell into the garden, it was just hilarious.
Both of us laughed and I realised then he didn't take himself too seriously and thought, he's great.
When filming had finished and were first together, it was quite weird because there was a lot of pressure for us to be this happy, serious couple, which we both found quite difficult because we didn't know each other that well.
We've had a year of everyone knowing pretty much everything about our relationship, so we have kind of got used to it now.
The Bachelor experience has made our relationship very strong because it's quite a unique thing to go through. I just have to be sure that I'm not a jealous person because the amount of women who throw themselves at him, but that kind of comes with the territory.
He's so nice, he would never be rude to anyone who approached him, but I think he's got good at reading my facial expressions so he can tell if I'm quite uncomfortable about something and he's very good at excusing himself or bringing me into the conversation.
He's very observant and good at making me feel comfortable.
Art's a very hard worker and super organised because he has to be directing a business.
I'm the most unorganised person in the world.
Family and relationships are hugely important to him.
But even if Art's super busy, he will put stuff on hold if I want to go out for dinner or do something together.
As soon as we stopped filming, he said, "hey, so, um, you know that I can't really keep taking you on chopper rides and stuff?" and I said no, that's fine!
We are happy just doing anything because I think when you have a strong friendship bond as well as a strong relationship bond, anything's fun.
We go to the gym together quite often, which is great for me because he's super motivating and I'm sure I'm a bit of a hindrance.
He's amazing to live with, he works from home quite often so he's got a bit more time to do washing, taking out the rubbish, cooking and things like that, but he doesn't mind and he's never grumpy.
I wondered if people telling him he was so good looking every day would change his personality, but he's the exact same.
He's so humble and genuine, and I think while people forget sometimes that he isn't just the bachelor, he's just a normal person in a normal relationship.
ART: I can't remember what we first talked about but I remember the feeling I had after the conversation.
My biggest worry that night was: What if none of the 21 girls are suited to me?
I felt really relieved after talking to Matty because I thought, well, at least one of them was cool.
Matty's a lot of fun and very funny, we don't so much tell hilarious jokes but make fun of ourselves and laugh at stupid things.
Matty will try and kiss me in public sometimes, she can tell by my body language that I'm not keen on that sort of thing, but sometimes she does it on purpose if people are watching.
Most of the time she does it because she doesn't actually care what other people think.
Matty's always upbeat, I am too, but I find it hard to wake up in the mornings. But she's always quite energetic and enthusiastic.
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I'm at the point now where I can't be bothered going to a lot of events, but going with Matty just makes it so much better because she's great at talking to people.
I'm always really busy and on-the-go, but Matty's been helping me to relax which is really cool.
We'll just get home from work sometimes and lie on the bed for five minutes. I would never have done that before, it's so small and simple but that's quite big for me, to just take time to chill out.
On the weekends we generally like to not spend too much money, but go on adventures and explore together instead.
In some ways, she's a bit of a wuss, but it's been cool seeing Matty come out of her comfort zone.
I was really proud of her when we did the Oxfam 50km walk together, we were all in pain but Matty pushed through and it was amazing.
On the show, Matty said she loved baking, it was her thing. But she hasn't actually baked once since we've been together [laughs].
To be honest, she doesn't really have time, I think she's planning on making cheese scones but she's been talking that up for a while now.
I'll never forget when we were filming the finale and I told Matty I wanted to be with her, the film crew called wrap and everyone cheered.
Matty and I sat on the beach together and watched the sunset with a bottle of bubbly, and it was like this huge weight was lifted off our shoulders.