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Sophie Monk ap­peared to be show­ing the strain of host­ing Nine’s new dat­ing show Love Is­land last week, puff­ing on a cig­a­rette dur­ing a break in film­ing.

The makeup-free star, 38, looked stressed, paus­ing to close her eyes and check her phone as she lit up on her ho­tel bal­cony.

Since ar­riv­ing in Spain, Sophie has copped crit­i­cism about her lack of in­volve­ment on the show. Evicted Is­lan­der Char­lie Tay­lor added fuel to the fire last week by re­veal­ing he barely saw her dur­ing his time in the villa. He told Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa, “I’ve seen her twice in the last eight to nine days. In the first and last episode, I saw her.”

“It’s not about me,” Sophie hit back on In­sta­gram. “I’m ad­dicted to the show! But my job is to not get too in­volved.”

When­ever the pretty blonde ap­pears on screen, view­ers have been quick to cri­tique. One viewer wrote, “Sophie sounds like an ab­so­lute bo­gan and has no idea how to speak or read lines.”

“She is an em­bar­rass­ment,” said an­other.

Sophie has also sparked con­cern for her health af­ter look­ing no­tice­ably slim­mer – per­haps a sign she’s strug­gling to deal with the pres­sure of the host­ing gig, for which she’s be­ing paid a ru­moured $1 mil­lion.

In the first week of film­ing, the singer en­dured a 20-hour day, and told her In­sta­gram fans, “I lit­er­ally live out of my suit­case.”

The lonely star has also been home­sick, say­ing on her In­sta­gram story how she misses her fam­ily.

“My neph­ews and niece make me so happy. I miss them,” she wrote, adding a sad face.

Sophie does lit­tle to hide her pain in Spain.

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