Lachlan McAleer appeared on Married At First Sight in 2014 for his ‘first’ reality TV appearance.
However, photos of the 37-year-old on MasterChef in 2010 appeared soon appeared, with claims the farmer had long been searching for fame.
Now, Daily Mail Australia can reveal Lachlan changed his surname for TV purposes, dropping his family name, Rofe, and opting to take his mother’s maiden name McAleer.
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Farmer wants a makeover! Reality TV personality Lachlan McAleer looks very different in old footage uncovered by Daily Mail Australia, when the farmer used to go by the surname Rofe
What a difference a few years makes! Lachlan sported longer and darker hair then fans are used to seeing him with (right), when he appeared in a Landline report in 2012 (left)
The New South Wales farmer who manages the family’s Cawdor property, appeared in an 2012 interview on ABC’sLandline going by the name Lachlan Rofe.
Now buff and neatly styled, the reality TV personality appeared clean shaven with fuller cheeks and a longer and darker hair do than fans are used to seeing him on screen these days.
However, the angled shot of his face in the news report on the upcoming harvest that season, doesn’t make it clear if the Farmer Wants A Wife contestant has in fact had the much speculated nose job.
Comfortable in front of the camera, he also appeared under the name Lachlan Rofe in a promotional video for AGL, looking different again with a short spikey hair-do.
Nose job? The angled shots of the farmer’s face in the news report doesn’t make it clear if the Farmer Wants A Wife contestant has in fact had a much speculated nose job for TV
Camera friendly: In 2013, Lachlan appeared in a promotion video for AGL, looking a little more like fans are used to seeing him these days
Deleted online presence: The farmer ensured he deleted his old social media presence under the name Lachlan Rofe, along with old photos of himself before his TV appearance
Not only has the TV hopeful change his name since then, but he has also successfully deleted his online history – with his old Instagram account under the Rofe name having all photos deleted.
However, his old Instagram profile shot is still visible online, with the farmer wearing a cowboy hat and appearing to have a blonde-haired mullet sticking out from underneath.
His new account as Lachlan McAleer appears to have only begun as Married At First Sight kicked-off on-air, while his Facebook account also appears to be tweaked and old photos deleted prior to last April.
First reality TV appearance: The cowboy hat wearing farmer appeared briefly on MasterChef Australia in 2010
Bid for fame? The seemingly TV regular sparked speculation about his motivations for appearing on Married At First Sight, after footage of him on MasterChef previously came to light during the series
Ready for romance! After a failed marriage on Married At First Sight, Lachlan will search for love on TV again later this year on Farmer Wants A Wife
Another tweak the popular personality might have made on his identity appears to be his age.
On Facebook his date of birth listed makes him 33 years of age, while on Married At First Sight and Farmer Wants A Wife’s he is listed as 36 years old.
The unlucky-in-love Lachlan, who is set to make his second bid for love on TV later this year, is also old friends with fellow reality TV star, bachelor Sasha Mielczarek.
Who knew they were friends! The Bachelorette winner Sasha Mielczarek and Lachlan are old friends according to a Daily Mail Australia source, having both grown up around the Southern Highlands
Lachlan posted an old photo of himself with Sasha, after the construction manager won Sam Frost’s heart on The Bachelorette last October, telling his Facebook friends: ‘One of the nicest, most down to earth blokes u could ever meet.
‘So happy for u brother, look forward to catching up for a beer when I get home.’
Insiders tell Daily Mail Australia the pair have known each other for years, having both grown up around the Southern Highlands region together.
Camera ready! The farmer is more camera ready than ever before