Lee Thompson (born 9 December 1988) is a former Sharks rugby player, an international model, and also the first Bachelor South Africa. He stands at a height of 1.88 m.
He studied Marketing Management at The University of South Africa and Health & Fitness at the Zululand Sports Academy while playing rugby for the Sharks in KwaZulu Natal and also at The University of Pretoria.
Lee Thompson Age
Lee was born on the 9th of December 1988 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. As of 2023, he is 35 years old and celebrates his birthday on December 9th every year.
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Thank you to all of you who have been a part of this once in a life time experience with me.♥️ To the 24 phenomenal Women who I had the privilege of meeting through this journey, thank you.✨ Thank you for adding so much value to my life.💫 A great record breaking production by @rapidbluetv, @dstvza and @mnettv.👌🏼 To our sponsors @dotsurepetsa and @jackfriedman1933, thank you.🤝 To our gracious host @jasonmgreer thank you for your support throughout.🙌🏼 To all the people working behind the scenes, thank you for all your efforts.😊 Sending all of you out there lots of love and thanks.❤️ It’s been a life changing experience for the good.🌠 It’s truly been a privilege being your first, Bachelor South Africa.🌹 #TheBachelorSA #BachelorNation #ThankYou
The Bachelor SA Contestants
- Sandy Thompson
- Kerry Lambourn
- Jozaan Digue
- Nontombi Kuzwayo
- Edith Lesego Mooketsi
- Taryn Champion
- Shelly Khoza
- Gina Myers
- Annalene Maduramuthu
- Jenna Carmen Lithgow
- Daneal Catelle
- Kim Grey
- Michelle Du Plessis
- Lucy Thompson
- Thenjiwe Bhengu
- Milisha Hanuman
- Kelly Tiegan
- Jacqueline Ramos-Pinto
- Chantelle Van Aarde
- Michelle Reddy
- Mbali Mkhize
- Natasha Hardcastle
- Chanieël Du Plessis
- America Gopie
Lee Thompson The Bachelor SA Interview
How was the journey?
The journey was an emotional roller coaster with many intense emotional connections formed.
We could see rejecting Jozaan was difficult, how did you feel?
It was extremely emotional for me. The feelings I had for Jozaan were really strong and having to hurt her like that was the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do to someone. Caring so much for her is what made it so tough.
What did you learn from the show?
That it’s okay to be vulnerable and lay your heart on the line. Once you fully open up to love, love will find its way to you.
It’s unfortunate that you and Gina are no longer together. What went wrong?
I was extremely emotionally confused after the show and was going through a tough time, as was Gina. I wasn’t fully there for Gina when she needed me through that emotionally tough time. Keeping things a secret also put pressure on the relationship and things got off to a rocky start and never fully recovered. We were also apart after the show for a few months and I don’t believe that helped our relationship.
Did the show take a toll on you emotionally? Do you still believe in love?
The show took a huge toll on me emotionally because I am so invested in finding the right person to share my life with. It was an extremely emotional experience, falling for more than one person and having to choose between them. I still believe in love and I’m still willing to lay my heart on the line again. I believe love will find its way into my life again.
Where to from here?
I’ll be focusing on building my career and businesses so that when I find the one to settle down with I’m able to support them and give them all that they want and in turn my children. I want to share a beautiful life with someone truly special. My heart is still fully open to love.