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Tim Robards Talks Life In The Public Eye & Secret Chiropractic Moves

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Tim Robards is a walking target for the tabloids. None of it is ever from his own doing though. “I had a price on my head back in the day when I first came out of the show. The other networks were paying big dollars if they got a photo of me and another girl.”

Welcome to the chaotic world of Australia’s first graduate of the titular television show known as The Bachelor. It’s been three years since Robards left the ambitious matchmaking series with his on-screen winner and girlfriend, Anna Heinrich, in-tow. Life in the real world however still appears to be an extension of the soap opera for this 33-year-old Sydney chiropractor.

Robards doesn’t seem too phased, as he’s seemingly learnt how to handle dodgy publicity with the grace of sending off handstand push ups – with a wry smile and barely breaking a sweat.

As the tabloid sharks once again circle in on the apparent demise of his relationship with Heinrich, we sat down with Robards to chat about life in the public eye, today’s egocentric male bodybuilding culture and why he’s not keen on letting his own daughter go on a show like The Bachelor.  

“We know we’ve got something solid so it doesn’t matter, they can write whatever they want to write.”

Tim Robards is a professional Photoshopper’s worst nightmare. Let’s face it, short of an asymmetrical abdominal muscle, there really isn’t much retouching left to tackle. Dig beyond the whole Bachelor facade and public show of muscles however and you’ll be greeted with a man who has a sound degree of aptitude and an endearing Aussie backstory.

Robards grew up in the small industrial town of Newcastle just north of Sydney. He retraces his schooling days as one spent between playing footy with the bigger kids, hitting the gym as a seventh-grader and staying in touch with his nerdier side by reaching the upper echelons of handball.

“I went to a public school that costed me a hundred dollars a year for my parachute uniform tracksuit,” he laughs. “I did alright in school. I had a house with a backyard, jumped on the bus to the beach. It was good.”

If there was one glaringly obvious fact to his upbringing, it was that Robards was always active. “Never the chubby kid,” he puts it. His trajectory towards fitness wasn’t just self-driven though. Robards’ mother suffered from chronic fatigue in the early days due to overworking and he had to witness her bouts of epileptic seizures whilst being bed-ridden.

“Seeing her go through that made me think, ‘Shit, I need to look after myself.’”

Given that Robards has spent more than half of his life running around and lifting weights, he finds it oddly amusing that people have accused him of taking steroids in the past. He remains adamant that illegal substances have never crossed his path and that those who succumb to its use in today’s rabid bodybuilding culture tend to be those who are less secure about their bodies.

“They’ve got body dysmorphia. There’s so many other options which include training hard and having discipline before resorting to that. It’s like botox for women, steroids for men. I don’t really approve much of either.”

Wild accusations don’t just stem from the world of fitness for Robards. In more recent times, art has tried to imitate life as the tabloids feed their insatiable appetite for offscreen drama based on the Bachelor’s relationship with his longterm partner.

Robards is after all the first and last man standing in a series botched relationships to come out of the show since his appearance. It’s little wonder then that any breaking news of him is often focused on the status of his relationship.

Tim walks down a street with furrowed eyebrows next to Anna? He’s not squinting because the sun is in his eyes. No. He’s just unhappy and wants to call it quits.

This is a small example of the public drivel that Robards has been dealing with on the tabloid circuit. Most recently he’s had to resort to setting the record straight on his own Instagram over a magazine’s exacerbated claims about the couple’s so-called turmoil.

Does all this fame stuff ever get to him?

“There’s a lot of positives but also a lot of negatives,” he says.

“It still kind of balances itself out to a certain degree. The other day we got called up by a magazine and they were like, ‘We’ve got photos of you having a fight at a cafe.’ They must have a shot of Anna telling me about some story and she’s pulling a resting bitch face. You’ve always got to be on. You’ve always got to be conscious.”

In his own world away from the prying cameras and hedonistic headlines, Robards believes that the secret to his healthy relationship comes down to keeping it real in a world where audiences demand theatrics.

“You go through such an unreal process on T.V and there’s a timeframe of three months. You come out of that and you’ve just got to make sure to take the time to be us. As much as there’s pressure and this stuff outside in the media, you just have to switch off from that and say ‘You know what? this is not for the media. It’s also for us.”

“We know we’ve got something solid so it doesn’t matter, they can write whatever they want to write.”

It’s pretty clear that Robards isn’t one to fear being the subject of public crucifixion by the creators of weekly fodder.

One thing that most men at his age do have second thoughts about however is fatherhood. Robards seems completely at ease when he admits that he loves kids and he’s keen to try for his own in a few years time. 

“I grew up with Mum sick when I was young and she just had my little brother. I was thirteen and he was one. So that’s an age where I half raised my brother. He’s not too bad of a kid now, my brother,” he laughs.

Robards is pretty chuffed that he’s already laid ground rules for his own children too. One rule is that his kid will be kicking a football as soon as it can stand (a mindset driven by his decision to give up on his own football dream) and two, that he won’t be too keen on letting his daughter go on a show like The Bachelor.

“I don’t know if I’d let her go on a show like The Bachelor,” he says. “I’d have to give her the heads up before hand.”

“If you want to impress the missus then you’ve got to work the money muscle which is the upper traps.”

Little would know that Robards has led a fairly intriguing career prior to his television debut. His first job as a child involved mowing lawns for his Dad at forty bucks a pop. He then went on to become a “Sandwich Artist” at Subway before he found his true calling as a personal trainer. This was helped along with a modelling stint which he hilariously describes as involving morning show appearances in underwear where the camera took endless close-ups of his package.

As a professional chiropractor today, we wanted to take away something that every man should know: Tim Robards’ secret chiropractic moves for impressing the lady.

“Oh, I know what you’re trying to achieve,” Robards laughs.

“If it’s in the clinic, a good elbow to the glutes is always good. If you want to impress the missus then you’ve got to work the money muscle which is the upper traps. Get your four knuckles and roll them in a bit of a circular rolling motion across the upper traps.”

“Mate, it’ll get you wherever you want to go!”

Mission complete.

Photography produced exclusively for D’Marge by Peter Van Alphen – No reproduction without permission.

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