So­phie Monk and Stu Laundy

The TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity and her ‘Bach­e­lorette’ beau say their re­la­tion­ship is real

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FOR MOST NEW COU­PLES, A quick kiss wouldn’t merit no­tice. For Bach­e­lorette star So­phie Monk and boyfriend Stu Laundy, each step has been dis­sected and scru­ti­nised. “We haven’t had pri­vacy yet, to be hon­est,” Monk told Lisa Wilkin­son dur­ing a Nov. 6 Huff­in­g­ton Post Aus­tralia Face­book Live chat. “Even nor­mal peo­ple take pho­tos!” But, she ac­knowl­edged, “It’s part of what I’ve signed up for.”

To pla­cate any doubters, Monk, 37, still had to tell Wilkin­son she and Laundy had seen each other that very morn­ing, and two days ear­lier, pub­li­can Laundy, 44, told The Daily Tele­graph, “In sim­ple terms, I have been dat­ing Soph for a cou­ple of months.” He then added, “What sort of cou­ple who have been dat­ing that long get asked, walk­ing down the street, about kids, mar­riage, the fu­ture? It is very early days.”

So early that the mem­ory of their stilted body lan­guage on shows such as The Project still lingers. “I’m not into that,” Monk told Wilkin­son of en­gag­ing in PDA. “He didn’t want to be in the in­dus­try, which is what I like about him.”

What she also likes is a laugh. The fa­ther-of-four is “a lot fun­nier than you’ve seen,” Monk tells WHO. “We share the same sense of hu­mour.”

“We are just a cou­ple start­ing out in a re­la­tion­ship and very happy with each other,” Laundy (with Monk in Syd­ney’s Surry Hills on Nov. 2) told The Daily Tele­graph. “It is a pres­sure cooker.”

Monk and Laundy on Nov. 1 in Bondi, Syd­ney. “Peo­ple come in and out of So­phie’s life,” her friend Os­car Gor­don told WHO, “and to fi­nally see her with some­one who can make her feel good makes me re­ally happy.”

The cou­ple (on Nov. 1) say they have both been in touch with run­nerup Jarrod Woodgate, who Monk calls “a kind, gen­uine per­son.”

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