It’s official: Bachelorette Chanelle Wyrsch (24) and her chosen Mike Rothlin (25) are a couple. One day after the end of the season, the two are allowed to give interviews for the first time. For Wyrsch, this is a tiring affair: the pop singer was wakeboarding for the first time at the weekend and is now struggling with sore muscles. “I can even feel it in my fingers,” she says, sitting down with a face contorted with pain.
You celebrated the season finale last Monday at the Zurich Flamingo Club, which made the headlines because of a super spreader. Do you feel healthy?
Chanelle: We’re doing great. The majority was about the visit on Sunday and we weren’t there.
Mike: We have left our contact details and so far no information has been received that we should be in quarantine.
Are you afraid that a late warning might find its way into your mailbox?
Mike: No, I think it would have arrived a long time ago if there was anything.
Since yesterday you can talk about your relationship. A relief?
Chanelle: It is mega! Now we no longer have to be careful that we spill something out and no longer have to hide. On the way here we stopped at the gas station. Mike then said, “Are you going in or I’m going in?” It was only after two seconds that we realized that we were both allowed in. (laughs) I’m really looking forward to going to a restaurant or a bar.
The corona virus seems to have played your hide and seek game in the cards.
Chanelle: The time to stay at home was perfect for us. Then you don’t get the temptation to want to go out together. When it all went up again, I had to go with my friends and he with his friends. That was just stupid.
You had to spend a lot of time at home. Didn’t it get uncomfortable at some point in Chanelle’s nursery?
Chanelle: That’s why we were with him 95 percent of the time.
Mike: I still had to work and get up at 6 a.m. every day and she didn’t.
Chanelle: We also had more privacy with him. With me all the neighbors look into the garden.
No later than after the kiss at the public viewing, your relationship was an open secret anyway.
Mike: No not at all!
Chanelle: He didn’t confirm anything. For us it was just right when we saw the scenes again. People all shouted that we should kiss. We then thought we would do it again like on TV – the name has been spoken and we kiss each other.
You say “like on TV”. It sounds like you only did it there because you had to.
Chanelle: I was no stranger to anyone I kissed. An outsider can hardly understand what you feel during such a shoot.
Speaking of kissing: Chanelle came closer to one or the other candidate. How was it for you, Mike?
Mike: One or the other … (laughs) That wasn’t easy. That’s why it was difficult to build up feelings.
Chanelle: When it was on TV, he always went out or looked away.
Wasn’t the whole thing kissing you too much at some point?
Chanelle: I tried to get to know the men better on the dates and since it is clear that kisses fall. The viewers also like to see kisses – unless he is the winner.
Was there a moment when you wanted to drop the show, Mike?
Mike: Don’t throw it straight away, but there were moments when you doubted. Before the finale, I had a weak moment when I didn’t know what to do.
Chanelle: You were just confused.
Mike: It was just a lot of pressure if you don’t know if you can get the last rose. It was really difficult.
You always said that there was no sex during the shoot. Did that change after you distributed the last rose?
Chanelle: So after the shoot nothing happened in Thailand.
You emphasize Thailand.
Chanelle: In Switzerland then. It has to happen at some point, right?
Mike is the father of a three year old boy. Was that a minus point for you?
Chanelle: At the beginning I was a bit shocked because I didn’t expect shy Mike to have a child. I would have least thought of him. Fortunately, I like children and that’s why it fits quite well.
Didn’t you have any concerns that it couldn’t work precisely because of the child?
Chanelle: Sure, but if you don’t try it, you can’t know if it would have worked. It shouldn’t fail with the child.
Mike: It’s not like the little one is with me every day.
Chanelle: But when he’s there, he doesn’t bother at all. We also enjoy spending time with him.
Do you also change diapers?
Chanelle: No, dad can do that. He also brings him to the bed. But otherwise we also do a lot of three of us.
On Monday’s show, you’re already talking about moving in together and having children. Isn’t that something premature?
Mike: You just have to talk about it. If I had said I don’t want children anymore …
Chanelle: … then it would not have been good. I also had guys who didn’t want children and weddings.
Mike: You don’t have to spend time on people like that. I also gave her the house key for practical reasons. I am not at home until around 6 p.m. and then she can come in earlier.
The statistics speak against you: All «Bachelorette» couples have meanwhile separated. Are you worried?
Chanelle: If you look at normal relationships, not all of them last the same length. You only have to get along with each other in everyday life and see that it works. With us it looks positive now.
The same can be heard from all «Bachelorette» couples in the interview after the finale.
Chanelle: We take it easy and enjoy every day for two.