Bachelorette Sophie single lady no more!
Say sayonara to solo Soph! The Bachie babe tells NW she’s found love – and a baby’s on the way!
Sophie Monk is sipping champagne, treating NW to datingdisaster stories as an entourage of hair and make-up artists, stylists and managers fuss around her.
“A lot of guys I meet just want to be in the [entertainment] industry and think, ‘Oh, I can get a ride off her,’” she explains.
And after seeing the promo for her season of The Bachelorette for the first time during her visit to NW HQ, Soph finds herself fighting back tears.
“This is really emotional for me,” says the star, 37.
Why? To put it simply, she’s had a dodgy run in the dating world.
Sure, Cupid’s arrow struck several times during the period she lived in LA – her famous exes including Sam Worthington, Benji Madden and Jason Statham – but it never worked out. So this time, she called in the big guns – her mum!
“She suggested I try going on The Bachelorette,” Soph says during our shoot, which sees her stepping into the shoes of three of pop culture’s most iconic single ladies – Carrie Bradshaw, Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce and, of course, Bridget Jones.
“I thought it was a bad idea at first,” she admits, “but because I have a profile, I knew I couldn’t date normally or go to bars, so I was missing out on meeting people.”
But she’s a single girl no more! Sophie, who we first met in 1999 as a fresh-faced member of girl group Bardot, has found The One.
“Fully,” she says with a cheeky grin when we ask if she’s in love.
Here, Soph opens up about the journey – and drops some big baby-shaped news...
Congrats on being the new Bachelorette! It’s hard to believe you’ve had no luck
finding a keeper. Thank you! Yeah, I’ve been single for, like, a year. No dates – nothing. It’d been ages since I’d been on a date and before that, I was just dating the wrong people. How so? Usually, I get very confident people coming up to me – the serial daters who are game. And I’m like, “Oh, here we go again – someone who knows exactly what they’re doing.” I mean, once, on a date, this guy goes to me, “Are you going to eat that? You’re getting skinny-fat.” Like, he fully starts bashing me. Then he was like, “You can pay.” I’m like, “I’m letting you do that.” It’s reverse psychology! It kind of worked a little bit, but then I was like, “Hang on!” We didn’t have another date. Had you tried Tinder? I can’t! And that’s the new way [to find love] now. I was like, “I’m missing out.” I thought I’d try it this way, where it’s like private dating. Private? Just between you and the rest of Australia – eh, Soph? Yeah, it’s a... It’s a dating show. [ Laughs] So you mentioned you’ve found love. How did you picture your soul mate before entering the mansion? I need someone supportive and funny. And if he’s not funny, then he just needs to laugh at my jokes. I couldn’t care what he looks like – funny for me is so attractive. Plus, I would rather be prettier than my guy. I’m definitely one of those people who loves ugly! [ Laughs] Usually, I get people who become competitive with me – there’s an agenda rather than just them wanting to be with me. So I just want someone that doesn’t want all the fame. Girl, you do realise a lot of people go on these shows to chase fame, right? I was conscious of that, but at the same time [the people behind the scenes] were looking after that – they’ve got psychologists and they know what’s up,