So­phie and Stu’s se­cret pact ex­posed


New Idea - - News -

As soon as So­phie Monk told Stu Laundy she loved him on a Fiji beach, ru­mours be­gan swirling about the le­git­i­macy of their re­la­tion­ship.

Their strange chem­istry in post-show in­ter­views on The Project and ra­dio sta­tions around the coun­try had fans scratch­ing their heads and ask­ing – are they re­ally in love?

New Idea can now ex­clu­sively re­veal the truth, that just like Matthew ‘Matty J’ John­son and Laura Byrne be­fore them, So­phie, 37, and Stu are be­lieved to have made a se­cret pact be­fore the show’s film­ing even started.

‘Every­one in their cir­cles knows that she asked him to go on the show,’ an in­sider re­veals to New Idea.

‘Peo­ple like Stu don’t need to go on a show to find love. He is loaded, knee deep in babes and he would never risk his rep­u­ta­tion un­less he knew he was win­ning.’

Ac­cord­ing to the spy, that’s why the 44-year-old pub heir ar­rived as an in­truder, skip­ping weeks of te­dious film­ing with a bunch of strangers.

‘He went in as an in­truder, so he didn’t have to spend ages do­ing naff stuff,’ the show’s source ex­plains.

Even fans have started to ques­tion how well Stu and Bach­e­lorette So­phie re­ally knew each other be­fore he ar­rived by he­li­copter mid-sea­son.

Colum­nist and so­cial com­men­ta­tor Kerri Sackville took to Face­book to share her ‘con­spir­acy the­ory’ that the whole show was ‘a sham’.

‘I know tons of men like Stu Laundy,’ she writes.

‘They cer­tainly do NOT risk pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion to go on a re­al­ity TV show to se­duce a girl who has al­ready re­jected them – par­tic­u­larly not when they have four daugh­ters.

‘My guess is that So­phie and Stu have a pre-ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ship, and that he came on the show only be­cause he was ab­so­lutely guar­an­teed a win.’

Mean­while, the new cou­ple have been fac­ing con­stant spec­u­la­tion they’ve split in se­cret, but are main­tain­ing a united front in pub­lic.

Last week the high-pro­file pair took to In­sta­gram to share a se­ries of videos show­ing them com­pet­ing in a ‘dance bat­tle’.

The per­former also shot down ru­mours of a split on Kyle and Jackie O’s ra­dio show.

‘I just have a rest­ing b**** type of face. I was prob­a­bly talk­ing about some­one else at the time!’ So­phie said of the ‘tense’ photos.

‘Peo­ple ex­pect us to be al­most mak­ing out, but you put on the bright lights and you’re not go­ing to be all over each other.’

But the ques­tion is still asked: Is it true love? NI

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