So­phie & Stu

It’s over

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

Igave it the best shot I could... but un­for­tu­nately it just didn’t work out,” wrote a heart­bro­ken So­phie Monk last week as she came clean on her ro­mance with Stu Laundy.

But rather than be­ing given the chance to move on, the un­luck­yin-love Bach­e­lorette star, 38, be­came the vic­tim of cruel swipes on be­half of her ex-boyfriend.

While Stu claimed he found out they’d bro­ken up via In­sta­gram, a close friend of the pub mogul says the pair first split as far back ck as mid-de­cem­ber, be­fore get­ting ng back to­gether and break­ing up again af­ter their Cana­dian ski hol­i­day. It’s also been claimed So­phie’s con­stant par­ty­ing was the rea­son for the split, which her man­ager has de­nied.

“So­phie loves to party, loves to have a drink and a cig­a­rette, and has made no se­cret of that,” says Stu’s mate. “In the end, it be­came a bit much for Stu. He tried to get her to slow down a bit, have the odd night on the couch, but So­phie wasn’t in­ter­ested.”

Now a source says Stu, 45, was sim­ply string­ing So­phie along to pro­mote him­self pro­fes­sion­ally, and would even call her nasty nick­names while com­plain­ing about the re­la­tion­ship to friends.

“He was al­ways only in it for the fame,” says the source. “He strung out their re­la­tion­ship for weeks be­cause he wanted to use her name to help pro­mote his new pub, but he was dif­fer­ent be­hind her back, call­ing her a ‘cock­roach’ in text mes­sages, which friends took to mean she was al­ways com­ing back for more.”

So­phie and Stu put on a united front in Canada over the hol­i­days but, as re­vealed in Woman’s Day, the cou­ple had a booze-fu­elled ar­gu­ment on Christ­mas Eve and Stu moved to an­other ho­tel.

So­phie’s good friend, ra­dio host Kyle Sandi­lands, said the two had been at break­ing point for some time. “I was talk­ing to [So­phie] be­fore Christ­mas and I knew it was tough… they weren’t get­ting on that great,” he told lis­ten­ers. “She told me she’s given it a red-hot crack… but she was telling me, ‘Look, I like him, but he van­ishes for a cou­ple of days at a time.’

“I know what [men] are do­ing when they van­ish for a cou­ple of days at a time,” Kyle com­mented. “Get­ting away from you!”

Soph and Stu were caught ar­gu­ing sev­eral times.

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