Written by Zoë Holloway, August 12, 2016

We said farewell to one of The Bachelor‘s most colourful contestants last night, and while executive assistant Sasha, 31, may be out of the running for Richie Strahan’s heart, the Russian beauty has provided one of the most memorable scenes of the show so far – eating her rose during the show’s first rose ceremony.

Relive the iconic moment below, then read on to hear what she has to say about it…

So sad to see you go! Did you feel like it was too soon?
I thought it was fair enough. I think Richie’s a great guy and we had a lot of cool banter… I just didn’t get to know him on a deeper level, unfortunately.

We wanted to ask you about eating the rose during the first rose ceremony…
I think it was a combination of 20 hours of working and shooting non-stop, and it was the first day. The roses also had sugar sprinkled on them and I decided to lick that sugar and nibble it off with a little bit of the rose petal. What a big deal!

Did you actually eat the petal?
Yeah, but roses are actually edible flowers. It’s not like I was being a weirdo. Have you ever eaten rose jam before? Well, I cooked rose jam while I was in the house for the girls and for Richie out of the roses that we received. I wish that they had shown that but I guess that they ran out of time.

Did you keep your roses, maybe dry them out?

Would you consider another dating show?
I think I’m definitely done with dating now, but maybe I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Outta Here!, so I can go and try nibbling on snakes and spiders rather than roses. [Laughs]

What’s next for you?
Live my life and find my perfect plus-one, and create a beautiful family.


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