Their relationship has been subject to persistent split rumours from the very beginning.
And now Woman’s Day claims the public scrutiny may have been all too much for Bachelorette couple Sophie Monk, 37, and Stu Laundy, 45, amid reports the pair have officially split.
An insider told the magazine that the millionaire publican struggled with the former Bardot singer’s star profile and that his reported ‘jealousy’ issues caused the rift.
Is it all over? Woman’s Day claims Stu Laundy dumped Sophie Monk over jealousy issues
‘There were definitely jealousy issues over all the attention Sophie was getting,’ the source said.
‘Stu couldn’t cope with the fact no one was really interested in him. He felt he was constantly fighting to even get a word in, because all the attention was on Sophie. He found it a big blow to his ego.
The source continued: ‘You have to remember, Stu is from one of the wealthiest families in Australia and he’s used to being the centre of attention.’
Resentment? ‘There were definitely jealousy issues over all the attention Sophie was getting,’ the source said
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sophie and Stu for comment.
The report further alleges that Sophie and Stu signed a contract, requiring them to stay together for a period of three to six months after the airing of The Bachelorette finale on October 26.
However, Sophie’s manager is said to be working on an early exit strategy for the heartbroken blonde.
Lack of attention: ‘Stu couldn’t cope with the fact no one was really interested in him. He felt he was constantly fighting to even get a word in, because all the attention was on Sophie. He found it a big blow to his ego,’ the insider explained
The report comes after Sophie pleaded with fans to believe that The Bachelorette wasn’t rigged amid ongoing speculation.
Appearing without Stu on her Saturday night out, Sophie put on a leggy display in a short black dress patterned with polka dots.
Speaking out: The report comes after Sophie pleaded with fans to believe that The Bachelorette wasn’t rigged amid ongoing speculation
The thigh-skimming number allowed the former songstress to show off her trim pins as she made her way down the street.
Seemingly stiff, Sophie failed to raise a smile, even when conversing with another woman.
It was a departure from the lovable star’s usual bubbly and upbeat nature.
Despite her downcast appearance, Sophie looked typically sunning, adding a black Gucci belt and a pair of strappy heels to complete her glamorous outfit.
Setting the record straight: Sophie took to Instagram to respond to the claims
Sporting heavy eyeliner and thick mascara, the blonde bombshell tied her trademark locks into a bun.
Her outing came just hours before she took to her Instagram stories to address rumours that she and Stu sneaked in secret dates during filming of The Bachelorette, and made a pact that he would be the winner.
Against a dramatic black backdrop, Sophie hit back at the claims, writing: ‘I sneakily saw him AFTER we had finished shoot the show before the finally (sic) aired’.
She continued to clarify: ‘And his attitude was like he won most of the time. I swear it was totally legit. Love Soph.’
‘I swear it was totally legit’: Sophie pleaded with fans to believe her
It comes after Sophie’s appearance at Stu’s 45th birthday, where she made a startling confession in front of trusted family and friends.
‘Stu and I are very similar – we’re not very good at rules,’ Sophie conceded.
‘So the whole time through the Bachelorette, [when] we were meant to be in lock-down, we saw each other more than any [normal] couple I think.’
‘He predicted things would get out of hand’: It comes after reports in September revealed Sophie and Stu already knew each other outside of the show, and had even planned a date
While Sophie’s comments seemed to imply that she’d arrange visits for Stu during filming, her Instagram post clarifies that the secret trysts took place after filming had finished, but before the program had gone to air.
Explaining how they avoided detection, Sophie told party-goers: ‘I’d leave a key down in the garage, and he’d just pick it up and go straight to the room.’
It was that cheeky disregard for the rules that seems to have won the former actress over, as she then spoke fondly of his cockiness.
‘He had that arrogance in there [the mansion]. He knew he was going to win [the whole time].’
When was this going on? The reality star’s comments seemed to imply she’d arrange visits with Stu at her temporary accommodation near the mansion- however she clarified on Sunday that she meant they met up after filming
Back in September, when fever pitch for the upcoming season was at its highest, word that Sophie already knew one of the contestants ruffled feathers.
The publican had arranged a date with Sophie, who was certainly interested, but later got cold feet.
He later got that date, only this time as an intruder on The Bachelorette.
”[Stu] wanted to keep a lid on the fact that he knew Sophie, because he predicted things would get out of hand and they did,’ a source told OK! Magazine at the time.
‘Some guys thought they’d been wasting their time and contemplated walking out.’
‘Contemplated walking out’: According to reports, when contestants found out: ‘Some guys thought they’d been wasting their time and contemplated walking out’