The Bachelorette: It’s already over for Sophie and Stu
A heartbroken Sophie Monk has been forced to split from Stu
he outcome of Sophie Monk’s highly anticipated season of The Bachelorette has been widely regarded as television’s worst-kept secret.
Before he even appeared on screens, entrepreneur Stu Laundy was touted as the frontrunner set to win the 37-year-old star’s heart in an emotional season finale of the Channel Ten show.
However, in news set to shock audiences to the core, a source has revealed to New Idea that it appears their love affair may already be over.
According to our well-placed insider, elite Sydney social circles are buzzing with speculation the former pop star has called time on her short-lived romance with the $500 million pub heir and that’s the real reason she fled to Thailand last week.
Unable to cope with his party
lifestyle and harem of female admirers, Sophie wanted some time away to think about their future, but has since been left devastated by news that Stu has already moved on.
‘He has been spotted getting cosy with a recently separated Sydney socialite,’ says the source. ‘So there is not really any point in trying to work things out now.’
It was after filming that Sophie began to have doubts about the handsome playboy, who has dated a string of high-profile women.
Worried about his playboy reputation, the gorgeous blonde wondered if their new relationship would survive once they went back to reality.
‘Sophie has said herself that she likes a quiet life these days and doesn’t really like all of the parties and events she attends,’ says the source.
‘But Stu is the opposite, he loves the glitz and the glamour. Stu is always surrounded by gorgeous girls who are hoping they may get the VIP treatment.’
Having doubts, the radio host confronted her new beau about his motives, asking if he was sure he wanted to settle down and explained she needed time out to think away from the cameras.
But just days later, she heard through pals on the Sydney social scene that Stu was getting close to someone else and she knew it was over.
‘This was someone who has been in the headlines herself, and that worried Sophie,’ the source says.
Fleeing to Thailand to mend her broken heart, amid the media storm surrounding the reality dating show, Sophie has confessed that she is ‘really embarrassed’ that she is single again and blames herself.
‘Her best friend Oscar Gordon has jetted in to be by her side,’ says the source.
‘She needs people she trusts around her to get her through this. Of course she feels foolish, because she ended up picking the wrong guy.’
But with scheduled media interviews and a gruelling publicity trail on the horizon, Sophie and Stu are both aware they have contractual obligations to fulfil and are now believed to be working with the shows executives to devise a plan.
‘They have to decide what to do and say once the show ends,’ says the source.
‘Neither want to come out of this looking bad.’
According to a production insider, Stu’s arrival on the show was planned all along.
‘The initial group of guys were not to her liking, so she got them to fly four new ones in,’ the spy spills.
‘Call it diva antics or call it smart, she took control from the beginning and wasn’t gonna be steamrolled.’
Even the show’s host Osher Gunsberg has admitted to Sophie’s diva-like behaviour.
‘She’s not familiar with not being the one in charge... It was difficult for her,’ he told Who. NI
Stu arrived as an intruder last week on the show. It seems Jarrod has moved on with MAFS star Nadia. The devastated star sought comfort with her parents, before fleeing to Thailand to escape the intense media scrutiny.