Chelsea Winter’s ex Mike Bullot admits he lost faith in marriage after their break-up

His revelation perhaps suggests that it wasn't Mike who ended the marriage.
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Chelsea Winter’s ex husband Mike Bullot has admitted he lost faith in the concept of marriage after his break-up with the celebrity chef.

The 35-year-old sailing coach said his “walls went up” after his marriage to Chelsea ended. He said he found himself asking “what’s the point?” when he thought about whether he’d ever consider marrying again.

The revelations, which he made on The Bachelorette NZ during a conversation with Lesina Nakhid-Schuster, perhaps suggest that it wasn’t Mike who ended the marriage.

Speaking about how he dealt with the aftermath of his split, he told Lesina, “When my marriage ended… if you think I’ve got walls now, I had big walls then.

“I guess the walls went up at the end of my last relationship, which was a long time ago now, but they were almost self preservation walls…

“I think I spent most of last year going ‘what’s the point?'” he continued. “What does it even mean… being the reason to get married again.”

Mike opened up to Lesina during a one-on-one date.

This is not the first time the Olympic sailor has opened up about his marriage on the reality TV dating show.

In a previous episode he said he felt lucky that he hadn’t had children.

“The thing about having a family is that… you’ve got to make sure you’re doing it with the right person, and I think once you find the right person then it probably makes more sense…” he told Lesina, who is known on the show as The Question Assassin.

“Obviously I want a family,” he continued.

“You weren’t that convincing…” Lesina countered, to which he responded, “You’ve got to remember that I kind of went through that phase of that was the next step.”

“Why didn’t you do it?” Lesina asked.

“It was sort of a timing thing and I feel pretty lucky that we didn’t,” he told her.

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When he joined the show as “an intruder” five weeks after the original set of bachelors, he told Lesina that the reason for his marriage split was that “we’d just become different people”.

Apart from “a couple of girls overseas” he “hadn’t really dated” since his marriage broke up 18 months ago, he said.

Mike’s marriage to Chelsea lasted four to five years. They married in 2013 and Chelsea announced their split in November 2018.

Chelsea is now in a relationship with her childhood sweetheart, winemaker Douglas Renall.

In July last year they welcomed their first child, a son Sky, and the trio share a home in Tauranga.

Last month Chelsea told Woman’s Day that she and Douglas were loving parenthood as much as they’d dreamed they would.

“It really is a love like nothing else and I am so grateful.”

The couple said having a child had brought them closer together.

“We came together at a mature point in our lives,” Douglas told the publication.

“We were both so ready for what’s happened and ultimately we’re just so grateful for where we are now. The key to our relationship is transparency and that’s extremely powerful. We talk about everything.”

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