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Bachelorette's 'Apollo' on how his obesity nearly killed him

THE Bachelorette's hunky magician has revealed he lost half his body weight after suffering a heart attack at just 22 years old.

Apollo Jackson, 24, who is also known as Jake Spence, has told Now to Love of his dramatic transformation after he hit the scales at 150 kilograms.

Apollo, aka Jack Spence, vies for Sophie Monk's heart on The Bachelorette, and right, Apollo before he lost 'half his body weight'
Apollo, aka Jack Spence, vies for Sophie Monk's heart on The Bachelorette, and right, Apollo before he lost 'half his body weight'

"I went through a period where I was crazy stressed, so I ended up overweight. I put on 40 kilos, weighing 150kg, was mega-stressed, not happy and went through a bit of depression. Then I had a heart attack," he told the publication.

"I was at a friend's place. I had just finished a 14-hour shift and then boom.

"I ended up in critical care for two weeks and I just reassessed my life. I just went, 'OK, what do I really want in my life?' And at the end of the day it was making people smile and making people feel good and my heart has always been doing that."

Apollo meets Bachelorette Sophie Monk and right, bodybuilder Apollo flexes his muscles for the camera.
Apollo meets Bachelorette Sophie Monk and right, bodybuilder Apollo flexes his muscles for the camera.

The Queenslander, who will wow Sophie Monk with his incredible abs in tonight's episode with Confidential's Jonathon "JMo" Moran, said it was important for people to learn from life.

"Everyone has a drive and passion, it's just about discovering that and taking it into whatever you want as a career. You spend most of your time at work, you might as well do something purposeful and rewarding," he said.

The Bachelorette airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on Channel 10.

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