The Bachelor NZ: Zac Franich sought help for his mental health after the show
Bachelor Zac Franich says the mental stress of being on The Bachelor NZ led him to seek professional help.
He says being on the show took a toll as he broke up with women week after week and didn't have the time to deal with it.
"When Claudia went home, that was really hard. That was essentially a break up for me," he says.
While The Bachelor was filming, Franich said he couldn't talk to the women about their relationships after he broke up with them. When he was back in the real world, he said there were a lot of loose ends to tie up and the stress became hard to handle.
"Once you finish a show you have to deal with all these unresolved feelings, and you've got to try and process that. That's been quite difficult for me... for me, I'd gone through this processes where I'd been effectively ending a relationship every week, or every few days, with very little time to process that or mourn that.
"I got to a point where I sought help from a professional," he said.
Filming for The Bachelor ended about two weeks ago, with the finale due to air on Sunday in front of a live studio audience.
Depression has affected Franich in the past. He was open about seeing a therapist in 2015, after he found himself "at the bottom of a great big hole and into a bit of depression".
The 28-year old said depression hit in 2015 when a former kayaking teammate decided he didn't want to compete with Franich in a World Championship kayak canoe event.
Franich said he had been speaking with the bachelorettes after the show and was "taking it a day at a time, and just trying to be kind to myself", as well as seeking professional help.
Although it had been hard, Franich said he was happy it was all about to end and was looking forward to embarking on a relationship with the winner – without having to keep everything under wraps.