Written by Zoë Holloway, September 13, 2016

As The Bachelor heads into the finale week, rumours surrounding the final three are rife – with many suggesting that single mum Alex Nation had penned a deal with producers guaranteeing her a spot in the final five.

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Reports have also alleged that 24-year-old Alex dumped her previous boyfriend of 15 months, Tom Barbour, to go on the show. However, Tom has since come forward to slam the claims. Speaking with Kyle and Jackie O this morning, he dismissed the rumours as ‘completely fabricated’. ‘No, these stories are not true at all,’ he said. ‘It was me that made the decision.

‘We did break up in September [of 2015] but she had not yet applied to The Bachelor in any case at all. It was a peaceful split. We were just on different paths, different stages in life.’

Further addressing the allegations that Alex would leave the relationship for a spot on the show, Tom said, ‘Alex is such a great person, kind in nature, true to herself and everyone. For them to say such things that she would leave just to get famous is completely absurd.’

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