Townsville Bulletin - - EXCLUSIVE - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

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.

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