SOPHIE & STU ELOPE!

‘INSIDE OUR SECRET WEDDING’

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

From the mo­ment Stu Laundy stepped out of the he­li­copter, Bach­e­lorette Sophie Monk knew there was some­thing dif­fer­ent about the man in front of her.

It wasn’t be­cause she’d met him be­fore – in­deed, she and Stu were briefly in­tro­duced a year ear­lier in Syd­ney – but be­cause she’d felt a spark she hadn’t ex­pe­ri­enced with any of the other suit­ors.

“I knew he was The One, I had chem­istry with him,” Soph gushes, as she opens up to Woman’s Day at our fi­nale pho­to­shoot.

“I felt like Stu was just there for me. Off cam­era he was al­ways as­sur­ing me and check­ing to see if I was OK. I know Jarrod cared about me, but it felt like he was try­ing to com­pete to win a tro­phy.”

A TRUE GENTLEMAN

Stu re­veals he would al­ways stay be­hind af­ter film­ing wrapped to make sure Sophie was happy. y. “It It was prob­a­bly against the rules, es, but I didn’t lis­ten. I just wanted ted to grab Sophie’s hand and ask sk her how she was do­ing be­cause use it’s the hard­est I’ve ever seen n some­one work,” he ad­mits. “She She was like one of those En­er­giser er bun­nies – she just kept go­ing. I’m so proud of her.”

And her in­stant feel­ings for him were re­cip­ro­cated. Like Sophie, Stu felt a con­nec­tion the sec­ond he laid eyes on the pretty blonde singer.

“She was one of the most beau­ti­ful peo­ple I’d ever seen in my life. She made me laugh, and while I don’t want to sound too sad, it was the first time I’d laughed prop­erly in a long time. From that mo­ment I thought, ‘I’m go­ing to chase this girl,’” says Stu.

Now, head-over-heels in love and look­ing for­ward to a fu­ture to­gether, the cou­ple re­veal their plans to elope and start a fam­ily.

“I’d pre­fer to elope rather than stay in Aus­tralia,” Sophie, 37, says. “And I’d want it to be low-key. I just want to have a big party and for every­one to en­joy them­selves. Ev­ery day is like a per­for­mance for me due to my job – I just want to re­lax and have a good time.”

While Soph, who de­scribes Stu as the best lover she’s ever had, re­mains tight-lipped on her dream wedding des­ti­na­tion, it’s likely Fiji is on the list, given the show’s ro­man­tic fi­nale lo­ca­tion.

The love­birds spent their first night to­gether at Momi Bay’s lux­u­ri­ous Mar­riott Re­sort, where they stayed in a Royal Ocean Front Bure over­look­ing the Pa­cific.

But as view­ers will kn know, Stu will first have t to for­malise his split plit fr from es­tranged wife Rachel be­fore the pair can make things of­fi­cial. For­tu­nately for Stu, Sophie is pre­pared to wait.

“I don’t care [he’s still mar­ried]. It’s part of what makes him who he is. I love him, and it doesn’t mat­ter,” she tells us.

As for chil­dren, the pair say [de­spite Stu’s va­sec­tomy] the prospect of hav­ing a baby of their own is “very pos­si­ble”.

Not only is a re­ver­sal an op­tion, but Stu, 44, re­veals he had some of his sperm frozen when he de­cided to go through with the pro­ce­dure. And Sophie says she’d be open to freez­ing her eggs should the need arise.

The pair have al­ready set their sights g on hav­ing g a son. “I wouldn’t be dis­ap­pointed if I had an­other girl, but I’d love to have a boy,” ad­mits Stu.

“I’d want a boy be­cause I know w how hard it is be­ing a girl,” adds s Soph. “I like the name Diesel.”

Re­veal­ing what’s in store for the cou­ple over the next few months, Sophie and Stu tell us they plan to spend as much time as pos­si­ble to­gether as they com­bine travel with work. And meet­ing Stu’s four daugh­ters is on the agenda, too.

“I love that he has four girls,” says Soph ex­cit­edly. “I have two sis­ters and I know how hard it can be grow­ing up.

“When they’re ready, I’d love to meet them. Plus I do great hair and makeup!” p

‘I’d pre­fer to elope rather than stay in Aus­tralia’

The smit­ten cou­ple look for­ward to a wedding and ba­bies. Could Fiji’s lux­u­ri­ous Mar­riott be the wedding des­ti­na­tion?

Soph doesn’t care that the Syd­ney pub­li­can is still mar­ried. Sophie can’t wait to meet Stu’s kids, and have their own.

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