SO­PHIE’S CHOICE

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHANTAY LO­GAN chantay.lo­gan@news.com.au

SLIP­PING out of her chauf­feured car at The Star Gold Coast, The Bach­e­lorette So­phie Monk stops traffic in a fig­ure-flaunt­ing flu­oro frock.

But while the sex-bomb curves that stole Hol­ly­wood hearts and spiced up Play­boy are wrapped in an ar­rest­ing de­signer num­ber, her feet are comfily co­cooned in uggs.

She later shucks the slip­pers for stylist-se­lected heels but the un­var­nished Gold Coast girl isn’t far from the sur­face.

Be­fore Pop­stars pro­pelled Monk into the pub­lic eye at 19, she strug­gled to find her feet. “I was re­ally bad at school, so Mum and Dad made sure they pushed me into en­ter­tain­ment,” she said.

“I went to five schools ... and it didn’t work for me, so I ended up at a per­form­ing arts school where I did dance, act­ing. I was school cap­tain there – but I still failed English.”

Monk is easy to talk to, swap­ping sto­ries of old stomp­ing grounds: “OMG, I used to hang out at Aus­tralia Fair all the time and I re­mem­ber I was so bored I’d pre­tend to be a man­nequin and scare peo­ple.

“My first kiss was at a party. He was kiss­ing me for ages un­til I got the hang of it. I would have been about 14.

“I felt so chubby, I wasn’t a skinny teenager at all. They used to say to me, ‘It ain’t over un­til the fat lady sings’. I was quite curvy. I loved food over boys, to be hon­est.

“But then you’d go to Wet’n’Wild and you’d get so much at­ten­tion.”

Some of those lo­cal lads must be kick­ing them­selves now? “A few guys that barred me in high school have said they dated me – you didn’t, you can’t claim it now.

“There’s so many sto­ries of me be­ing with these guys and I wasn’t with any­one ex­cept my first boyfriend who I was with for seven years.”

When The Bach­e­lorette premieres on Wed­nes­day she can add 18 of Aus­tralia’s most el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors to that of­ten-ex­ag­ger­ated list of ro­man­tic in­ter­ests.

“You are ac­tu­ally dat­ing these peo­ple and if you’re kiss­ing them it’s re­ally per­sonal. I went on say­ing I’m not kiss­ing any of them un­less I’m ob­sessed and next minute … first date, second date, even third date. I don’t get out a lot and do all those things, so I got so in­vested.”

When things get a lit­tle crazy, her Gold Coast fam­ily are her an­chor. Not only has Monk bought her own home here, she’s build­ing a place next door for her par­ents.

“I have to look af­ter them; they looked af­ter me my whole life and I wouldn’t be do­ing this if they didn’t back me. I’m rarely home but I got this house be­cause I want to be close to my fam­ily.”

Monk said she finds her match on the show but he won’t be steal­ing her from away her first love. “I’ll al­ways base my­self on the Gold Coast. When I lived in LA for 10 years I just couldn’t set­tle down and meet a guy. My heart was at home. My heart was here.”

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Bach­e­lorette So­phie Monk talked school, curves, boyfriends and fam­ily while on the Gold Coast yes­ter­day.

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