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!’
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