Though it has been long speculated the pair were both taking part in the 2019 Bachelor spin-off, Channel 10 had held off confirming the news until now.
But in a post to the show’s Instagram page, the former lovers were revealed as two of the contestants heading to Fiji for a second — or even third — stab at love.
Richie, 33, chose mum-of-one Alex as his winner back in 2016, but the pair left fans devastated when they split the following August.
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These Bachelor favourites are about to get beached 🏝😏 But, will they find their happily ever after? Trouble is brewing! #BachelorInParadise coming soon to @channel10au
However confirmation of their island rencocilliation has excited viewers about the upcoming series, with many wondering if the exes will get back together on the tropical getaway.
“Omg Richie and Alex,” one fan wrote underneath the exciting announcement earlier today.
“Alex & Richie there.. awkward,” someone else commented.
“This will be interesting to see,” another said.
“Oh the drama!!!” someone else mused.
Meanwhile, others branded the decision to have them both on the series as “TV gold”.
Not everyone was excited by the announcement though.
“Not a great starting line-up,” one person said.
“Richie and Alex… oh dear,” another declared.
One fan threatened to boycott the popular dating show over the controversial move: “Don’t know if I wanna watch it now.”
Rope technician Richie shocked Bachelor fans back in 2016 when he chose Alex, 28, over fan favourite Nikki Gogan.
However the pair didn’t stand the test of time, despite their steamy on-screen chemistry — that saw them making out in a bath filled with melted chocolate.
Shortly after their breakup Alex started dating Maegan Luxa, whom she eventually became engaged to, but the pair parted ways in April last year.
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This lady surprised me with an Arabian night ✨
Richie said he was heartbroken over the way his relationship with Alex ended, in an interview with New Idea.
“Having something wonderful dissolve the way it did was heartbreaking, but at the same time, there was a lot of relief that the emotional rollercoaster was finally over,” he admitted.
“I guess the brightest spark can fizzle fast.”
This will be Richie’s third appearance on the Bachelor franchise, after initially appearing on Sam Frost’s season of the Bachelorette where he came third.
Two other familiar faces were also confirmed as heading on the show to find love, former villains from Nick Cummins’ season, Cat Henesey and Alisha Aitken-Radburn.
What do you make of the former flames being stuck on an island together? Is it going to be TV gold or will it just be plain awkward? Let us know in the comments below.
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