Sophie Monk just revealed the far-from-glamorous daily wage she received as a Bardot member.

It was the year 2000 and Sophie Monk – along with Belinda Chapple, Sally Polihronas, Katie Underwood, Chantelle Barry and, later, Tiffani Wood – was a member of one of the most popular girl bands in the country.

Fans lined up for hours in Westfield shopping centres around the country to catch a glimpse of the band, created thanks to reality TV show Popstars.

The band’s debut single, Poison, debuted on the ARIA charts at number one and soon gained double platinum status. Bardot’s first album also appeared at number one on the charts.

They released a clothing line with the Just Jeans group and were even given brand new Volkswagen Beetle’s to drive around Sydney.

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It all sounds pretty glamorous, right?

According to Sophie Monk, while fame flooded in, the actual pay was... not so great.

Speaking to news.com.au, the 38-year-old former Bachelorette revealed the girls were paid just $25 a day during their time in the group.


"Our contracts were very different to what it would be today," she told the site.

"We came out of nowhere.

LISTEN: Sophie Monk tells Mia Freedman she felt like a reject in Bardot because of her size. Post continues after audio.

"A lot of people whinge about that but it was my break. In the beginning you've got to do a lot of favours for free."

Despite her low salary, Sophie said she and the other girls were "working so hard".

"People were breaking their arms in shopping malls over us. I didn't want that attention so young," she said.

“I didn't crave it. It just came."

The band finally split in 2002 (find out what happened to the other ex-members here) and Sophie headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

But her money woes didn't end there, and she told news.com.au she was forced to leave Hollywood when a friend stole all her earnings.

"Someone ripped off all my money. It was a friend of mine. I gave too much permission," she said.

"I let this person run my banking. You can't sue because I said yes. I signed the papers without reading them.

"You can make money [in this industry] but you can lose it if you don't know what to do with it.

"The money side, that's not my thing. I don't do numbers. I'm a saver, which is stupid. I didn't invest."

Thankfully, things are still looking up for Sophie - she found love with Sydney publican Stu Laundy on this year's season of The Bachelorette and has just been announced as the host of Channel Nine's new dating show, Love Island, set to premiere next year.

LISTEN to Mia Freedman's full No Filter interview with Sophie Monk: