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‘She doesn’t know if she should lis­ten to her heart or her head’

UThe Bach­e­lorette.

How­ever, New Idea can re­veal a toy boy 13 years her ju­nior is set to be­come a firm favourite in the race for the 37-year-old’s heart!

Sources say the for­mer pop singer is ‘ab­so­lutely smit­ten’ with ma­gi­cian Apollo Jack­son.

The charm­ing 24-year-old, who still lives at home with his par­ents, wasted no time in cap­tur­ing the at­ten­tion of this sea­son’s Bach­e­lorette with his con­fi­dence – and our in­sid­ers re­veal the pair haven’t been able to keep their hands off each other dur­ing film­ing.

‘He makes her laugh and that’s some­thing So­phie loves more than any­thing,’ says our Bach­e­lorette insider.

‘She was ac­tu­ally sur­prised to find out his real age be­cause he is very ma­ture, and it’s pretty ob­vi­ous there is chem­istry be­tween them.’

Both per­form­ers from the Gold Coast, the loved-up duo found they had so much in com­mon that they were of­ten found gig­gling away behind the scenes and shar­ing jokes.

Their close re­la­tion­ship even left the show’s pro­duc­ers shocked, af­ter they had pulled out all stops to re­cruit el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors be­tween ages 45 and 53 – as re­quested by the star.

‘She in­sisted she wanted an older man to set­tle down with and ac­tu­ally said she was at­tracted to guys over 45 – es­pe­cially sil­ver foxes. So they only put Apollo through be­cause he would add en­ter­tain­ment to the show,’ says the spy. But hav­ing per­formed pro­fes­sion­ally as a ma­gi­cian on the in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit in front of thou­sands of fans, Apollo was never in­tim­i­dated by the other more es­tab­lished bach­e­lors vy­ing for a rose.

‘Any man who can get up in front of an au­di­ence of ten thou­sand or more is cer­tainly not wor­ried about what others think of him,’ the source spills. ‘And So­phie loved that he was happy to step up and take con­trol of sit­u­a­tions.’

How­ever, hav­ing made it clear that she is ready to start a fam­ily, So­phie was torn with her strong feel­ings for the hand­some Queens­lan­der and her des­per­ate de­sire to stay in Aus­tralia.

‘So­phie has been there and done that,’ says the insider. ‘Her feel­ings for Apollo are real, but he is at the start of his ca­reer and she knows the sac­ri­fices you have to make. That’s why she has ended up on na­tional TV look­ing for love. She doesn’t know if she should lis­ten to her heart or her head.’

Who will So­phie choose in the end?

Bach­e­lor Apollo is a 24-year-old ma­gi­cian who lives with his par­ents. The young en­ter­tainer is quite the hunk.

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