Paul Richardson. Picture: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

He may not have found love on The Farmer Wants a Wife this year, but Gnaraloo sheep farmer and tourism operator Paul Richardson doesn't regret putting his heart on the line for the Nine Network's matchmaking reality show.

"I don't regret it, I take it for what it was," he told Access All Areas by phone this week.

"It was a reality TV show that was fun to do and I met a lot of the other farmers, everybody was great. There was a bit of pressure but even with that it was still fun."

While the 46-year-old Irish expat, above, said he enjoyed the reality TV experience, he also felt he was wrongly portrayed in terms of how much time he spent with his two chosen ladies, single mothers Vanessa and Genevieve.

"I think I was portrayed a bit unfairly," he said. "(On the show) they said I didn't spend any time with the girls, which was not true because I spent time with them every minute that they were here. That would be one little thing that bothered me."

Though Vanessa and Genevieve decided to leave the farm, Richardson admitted he was not stewing over why things didn't work out.

"I suppose as the days progressed, I could see that Gen was a bit unhappy," he said. "I don't know whether it was because of her kids but I believe that if you're looking for a relationship it's a two-way street.

"It's not 'I'm picking you and you're marrying me'. I felt, well, there's no point in me picking Gen if she doesn't want to be here so I asked them what they thought and that's what she said and Vanessa was happy to be here so there was no point in trying to progress any relationship with Gen if she's not happy."

But Richardson is still stumped by Vanessa's abrupt and emotional exit after he told her he wasn't going to marry her after the show wrapped up.

"All I said at that stage was that I didn't want to commit to marrying (Vanessa) after four days," he said. "I didn't expect her to get up and run out. I thought she'd understand that we need time to get to know each other.

"So it was a bit of a strange situation but that was my answer. Obviously I wish she didn't leave so abruptly but I don't feel sad about it because maybe there just wasn't that spark between us.

"I think the best (relationships) are the ones that you don't plan or expect."

The West Australian

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