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Next sea­son’s The Bachelorette and our Gold Coast golden girl So­phie Monk says us­ing a TV show to find love isn’t all that dif­fer­ent to dat­ing in real life.

The cam­eras, the public­ity, the prior knowl­edge, the like­li­hood of be­ing Googled, the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing used for fame – it’s all pretty com­mon­place for So­phie and it’s all part of the rea­son why she’s reached 37 with­out find­ing “the one”.

“My life has al­ways been in front of cam­eras any­way,” So­phie says.

“The only thing this time is I’ve got a bit more con­trol over it. Usu­ally they just write what they want but this time I’m ex­pect­ing it all and I’m gen­er­ally painted in a pretty good light as the Bachelorette.

“It’s great. I’m used to cam­eras around me in my face so it wasn’t re­ally that dif­fer­ent.”

It must be a strange feel­ing to meet some­one know­ing they have prior in­for­ma­tion on you, ev­ery­thing from your pre­vi­ous sex­ual part­ners to your par­ents’ names to your favourite meal, but So­phie says that’s her dat­ing life any­way.

“It’s all out there about me any­way,” she says.

“If I was on the show or if I went on a date in real life, they can Google me ei­ther way. “It’s no dif­fer­ent. “I do want to be treated nor­mal, but at the same time they’ll be tak­ing on my life­style, it’s a dif­fer­ent life­style. So they do have to be a bit pre­pared for that.”

As the first celebrity to star in the re­al­ity ro­mance fran­chise, So­phie has also been faced with pub­lic back­lash, say­ing she’s us­ing the show as a plat­form for fur­ther public­ity.

Through­out the pro­mo­tional phases, how­ever, So­phie has main­tained her au­then­tic­ity and gen­uine yearn­ing to fi­nally find her other half.

“I don’t need the ca­reer move,” she says.

“I don’t need the fame. If you watch it you’ll re­alise, I’m to­tally me in it, be­cause I have to be.

“It’s made me very vul­ner­a­ble. It’s a bit em­bar­rass­ing be­cause I cry a lot, but I took a risk do­ing it.

“A big risk but most peo­ple I think they’ll watch and re­alise its gen­uine.”

So­phie says the cam­eras, the tabloid scru­tiny and the po­ten­tial for na­tion­ally tele­vised heart­break didn’t de­tract from the magic of find­ing love.

“It’s made it so much bet­ter,” she says.

“It’s forced me to get to know th­ese peo­ple so slowly.

“I tried to be strate­gic and not rush in be­cause I’ve al­ways made mis­takes, but with this process I knew I had time and I knew I had to be a bit smarter.

“It wasn’t easy be­cause ev­ery­one be­hind the scenes is work­ing re­ally hard to make me fall in love, so I just had to be pa­tient.

“I can be spon­ta­neous or I guess I can jump the gun, but the whole process re­ally works.”

The process cer­tainly has worked for So­phie, who con­firms that she not only sur­vived the show but emerged with a part­ner she’s not en­gaged to, but can un­doubt­edly see a long-term fu­ture with.

“Yes, I’ve def­i­nitely found the one,” she says.

“It hap­pened to­wards the end, kind of slowly de­vel­oped and to­wards the end I just knew. We can only talk on the phone now. It’s hard be­cause I’m re­ally bad at se­crets, but it does kind of make it bet­ter. It’s ex­cit­ing.”

She’ll be wait­ing a while, with her sea­son kick­ing off on Wed­nes­day. She says that’s OK ... in the mean­time she’s happy to take some time to gather her­self, re­lax and spend time with her fam­ily right here in her home­town.

“I think I’m happy to just chill here for a while. I love it here, I love the weather,” she says.

“I’m such a GC girl. Ev­ery­one thinks it’s a bit bogan but I think it’s cool.

“So now I’ll just take a break and hang with my fam­ily.

“It’s been a pretty crazy few months so some chill time will be good.”

The Bachelorette Aus­tralia. pre­mieres Wed­nes­day at 7.30pm and con­tin­ues Thurs­day at 7.30pm on Ten and WIN net­works


Gold Coast golden girl So­phie Monk stars in the new sea­son of The Bachelorette Aus­tralia, which pre­mieres next Wed­nes­day.

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