THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
LOCAL GIRL’S BACHIE EXIT
WHEN it came time for Townsville’s Stacey Simpson to go away to compete on The Bachelor Australia, she had the perfect excuse for her absence.
“I told a lot of co- workers and friends that I’d gotten a cruise ship job,” she said.
Simpson, 26, was knocked out of the show on Wednesday night’s premiere at the first cocktail party.
“I didn’t even get to unpack my bags,” she said. “All of the girls got a chance to speak to Matty J. I would have got 10 minutes.”
Simpson and the other Townsville- raised contestant Monica Brown both left the show on the first night, failing to win the heart of Bachelor Matty J.
The two knew each other from the Townsville promo model circuit, having both been involved in competitions including Miss V8s. Simpson was the 2015 Miss V8 Supercars Miss Personality and has competed in a number of model search pageants.
Brown, who now lives in Melbourne, was the Townsville Miss V8 2015 and national Miss V8 2015 runner- up.
“I didn’t know she was on the show until I arrived there,” she said. “It was a bit devastating to have both of us Townsville girls go. At least we got to go together.”
Simpson now plans to take a break from searching for love, returning to everyday life, working as a gym instructor at The Zoo Health and Fitness and as a hospitality worker at Shaw and Co in City Lane. “I’m planning an overseas holiday as well,” she said.
BACK HOME: Townsville Bachelor contestants Stacey Simpson and ( inset) Monica Brown.