head­ing down the aisle Bach­e­lorette’s So­phie

Saved by the new man in her life, the Bachie babe gives her haters the fin­ger... ‘There’s not much that can hurt me now!’

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To say So­phie Monk’s time in the spot­light has been try­ing would be a to­tal un­der­state­ment. The singer-turn ed-ac­tressturned-ra­dio- pre­sen­ter-turned-Bach­e­lor et te has been through it all – from claims of eat­ing dis­or­ders to post-trau­matic stress and larger-than-life break-ups with high-pro­file ac­tors and mu­si­cians.

But now, af­ter bat­tling body is­sues for years, So­phie’s pre­par­ing to set­tle down on the Gold Coast with the love of her life. And she feels hap­pier and more con­fi­dent than ever!

“This is the best thing I’ve ever done – ever,” she tells NW of be­com­ing the Bach­e­lorette and find­ing her true love and saviour. “For me. For my life. Like, ev­ery­thing.”

We’re not sur­prised, given how tough a jour­ney it’s been to get here, with So­phie con­fess­ing that the cruel taunts that came with life in the spot­light con­stantly left her feel­ing forced to drop se­ri­ous ki­los – and fast! The low­est point? Be­ing branded an “Ethiopian famine vic­tim”.

“When I was in the girl band [Bar­dot], all the girls were so tiny – some of them had been through their own de­mons and what­ever. But I felt the pres­sure be­cause they had to get a dif­fer­ent wardrobe size for me be­cause I had boobs,” she ad­mits of her first foray into the fame game, which saw her be­come ob­sessed with di­et­ing and quickly go from glama­zon to gaunt.

“I def­i­nitely lost too much weight. I was tiny. There was a mo­ment where [di­et­ing] was all I thought about.”

At one stage, So­phie re­calls hav­ing a melt­down over be­ing “too fat for the jeans” and re­sort­ing to gaffer tape to keep her body tight.

“Cam­eras are on you a lot more, so [weight fluc­tu­a­tions ations are] a lot more dra­matic – [of course] you’re go­ing to go a bit more ex­treme with ev­ery­thing,” she ad­mits.

And it only got worse when she gave up the girl group to start a new life in Hol­ly­wood, which is where Soph, 37, re­veals she truly lost her­self.

“I ended up get­ting de­pressed. It’s a dif­fer­ent and ugly world,” she says, ex­plain­ing that, de­spite walk­ing ev­ery flashy red car­pet with a seem­ingly end­less sup­ply of A-list hot­ties on her arm, she’d never felt more self-con­scious in her life.

“You be­come in­se­cure,” she says of the con­stant feed­back and re­jec­tion af­ter au­di­tions. “Too skinny. Too blonde. Too this. You are get­ting at­tacked all day, ev­ery day, about looks.”

Rapidly bounc­ing from one ex­treme to the other, Soph ad­mits that the stress of non­stop taunt­ing saw her eat­ing as many as three piz­zas a day.

“Ev­ery time some­one laughed, you would feel as though they were laugh­ing at you, which is ridicu­lous be­cause they’re not,” she spills. “But you are just so para­noid.”

Now, with the yoy­o­di­et­ing a thing of the past, and friends and fam­ily no longer freak­ing out over her shrink­ing frame, Soph’s in a great place with her man.

“There’s not much that could hurt me now,” the beauty ad­mits.

“I feel like I’ve found ev­ery­thing. He’s just awe­some.” n

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