They always knew their long-distance love was going to be tough. But, heartbreakingly, we hear Bachelor couple Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski have hit struggle street, with the nearly-3000km between their home towns of Melbourne and Perth proving to be a major challenge.
â€œOver the last month or so, theyâ€™ve spent weeks and weeks apart, which has been incredibly tough for both of them,â€ a pal of 35-year-old Sam tells NW.
â€œWhile theyâ€™re deeply in love, everyoneâ€™s starting to worry that thereâ€™s too iuch pulling them apart to
realistically be able to make it work long-term.â€
Indeed, compared to how inseparable they were following the showâ€™s finale in September, at the time of going to press, they hadnâ€™t been spotted together since attending a charity event in Melbourne in November.
And while the couple are hoping to rekindle their love over the festive period, behind closed doors theyâ€™re faced with hurdle after hurdle, including making sure Snezâ€™s 10-year-old daughter Eve isnâ€™t too affected by their longdistance romance.
Snez hadnâ€™t been seen together since they stepped out to support the Alannah And Madeline Foundation, a charity . that works to protect kids from violence, in Melbourne on November 21.
about Samâ€™s devotion, he admits playing stepdad isnâ€™t always easy.
â€œNo, not really,â€ he replied when asked if he sees himself as a father figure to Eve.
â€œI donâ€™t even think about it like that. Itâ€™s really early days still. I sort of pride myself on being good with children, but this is a totally different ballgame.
â€œEveâ€™s not a baby – sheâ€™s 10, so my thought process is that
the speed of our relationship is entirely up to her. I think Iâ€™ll spend the rest of my life with Snezana, so the sooner Eve and I can get on brilliantly, the better.â€
But Samâ€™s under no illusions as to the bumpy road ahead.
â€œYou go on this show a bit skeptical about whether youâ€™ll find a long-term partner, thatâ€™s for sure, let alone ending up with a single mum who lives in Perth and I live in Melbourne,â€ he says. â€œI couldnâ€™t have made it more difficult if I tried!â€
Well, hopefully a nice long Christmas break will get the couple back on track.
Sam – who tells us longdistance relationships are all about being â€œpatientâ€ – adds that he canâ€™t wait to spend a big chunk of time with Snez over the holiday period.
I â€œWeâ€™re going to do a bit of a Melbourne thing, then ‘ a Perth thing and then weâ€™ll go away together – the three of us. I love spending time with Eve, so it will be great,â€ he gushes.
Good! No-one wants a Bachie break-up for Christmas!
Melbourne to be with Sam every weekend,â€ adds a source close to Snez. â€œEve will always come first.â€
Meanwhile, Samâ€™s been left flying solo at string of events, including last monthâ€™s ARIAs, where he told NW,
â€œSnez is shattered that sheâ€™s not here.
She really wanted to come but sheâ€™s just had too much time away from Eve and it was more important she stayed at home.â€
And Samâ€™s pseudo singledom hasnâ€™t gone unnoticed on social media, either.
As well as shots of him eating dinners for one and enjoying nights out with the boys, there are numerous snaps ofhim training hot ladies in his Melbourne gym, which even prompted one concerned fan to comment, â€œPoor Snez!â€ And while weâ€™re sure 34-year-old Snez has no need to worry.