Written by Melanie Burton, April 19, 2016

Blake Garvey and Louise Pillidge announced their split yesterday, but according to their The Bachelor 2014 co-stars, there were red flags from the beginning.

After all, Blake proposed to Sam Frost at the finale, but before the show aired, he’d already dumped Sam and run off with second runner-up Louise, later announcing their love for one another.

“It doesn’t surprise me. Their start was not ideal, it was like a thorn in their side,” ex Bachie contestant Laurina Fleure told Fairfax Media on Monday.

Blake told New Idea magazine that he found the relationship with Louise “suffocating”, and that he could no longer take the negativity of their relationship from people around them. Louise also added that she found it tough being his third choice.

But another formie Bachie contestant Amber Gelinas, was surprised that they lasted as long as they did.

“Are we really surprised they split? To be honest, I am shocked that they have been together that long,” she said.

“Like really Louise, you thought that he would stay with you after all he has done to Sam Frost, who is a catch and a half? There is a pattern here with Blake. ‘Flaky Blake’, ‘Blake the Flake’, I wonder who he will go after next,” she said. OUCH!!

Amber, along with a lot of other people, thought the New Idea photo shoot was bizarre to say the least.

“Honestly, at what stage is Blake going to stop trying to get publicity? He is just crying on another magazine. Where is he going go from here? They are casting for The Bachelorette, maybe he should apply for that because he’d like the publicity,” Amber said.

Two of Blake’s other Bachelorettes,  Zoe O’Brien and Kara Bramham also spoke out about the split.

“He wanted everyone to be in love with him. He did what he was told with the producers to the point it didn’t seem like he even had a backbone. He was saying lines that were spoon-fed to him. That was part of the problem, trying to please everyone,” Zoe said.

Kara thinks Blake has been “unfairly judged and copped a lot of flak”. “As much as I love Sam Frost, every break up is hard. I know people are saying ‘karma’, but Blake has been through a rough time.”

Then there’s Sam Frost, the woman Blake left heartbroken after publicly leaving her for his third choice. Sam took the high road with her Twitter response to the split: