Since The Bachelorette came to its predictable and surprisingly emotional conclusion, Australians have been scratching their heads over one ~very~ important question.
Holly, Mia and Jessie talk about Sophie and Stu on the latest episode of Mamamia Out Loud:
But while we were all caught up on sorting ourselves into the ‘THEIR LOVE IS FOREVER’ and ‘THEY’VE ALREADY SPLIT’ groups, one clever person came up with a conspiracy theory that 100 per cent makes sense.
In a post to her Facebook page, writer Kerri Sackville explained EXACTLY why, in her opinion, Sophie and Stu’s relationship is legit, making a number of excellent points.
“I know tons of men like Stu Laundy. Rich, attractive, powerful men. Men like Stu Laundy have women coming out of their ears. They do NOT need to go on a reality TV show to find love. And they certainly do NOT risk public humiliation to go on a reality TV show to seduce a girl who has already rejected them – particularly not when they have four daughters,” she wrote, presumably while stroking her non-existent moustache like they do in the movies.
“My guess is that Sophie and Stu have a pre-existing relationship, and that he came on the show only because he was absolutely guaranteed a win.”
Now that we think about it, this ‘conspiracy theory’ explains so many things. So, prompted by Kerri’s train of thought, we’ve done a bit of digging into all the examples her theory is maybe, nay, probably true.
Their “first encounter”
First, let’s look at their “first encounter”. In quotations because… it wasn’t their first encounter, and this theory suggests it was far from it.
When Stu stepped out of the helicopter, he immediately called her “Soph”. At the time, we thought this was bit too familiar, but we chalked it up to them having met that one time when Sophie stood him up. But now, it feels like a definite sign they were a bit closer than they initially said, because, isn’t a bit presumptuous to start calling someone by a nickname if you’ve only met once?
Some people HATE nicknames, so generally you only start using them if A) you’re that horrible person who is too friendly with everyone straight off the bat, or B) you’ve clarified over a period of time – say, after a few weeks of dating – that they like said nickname.
We think it’s option B.
Their "first kiss"
Again, we're saying this in quotation marks for the same reason as above. Humour us, OK? Sophie and Stu's first kiss on the show was different to all the others - it was really awkward for us to watch because it had all the hallmarks of a kiss between two people who have definitely kissed before.
He kept talking. They were laughing while their lips were touching. One of them did one of those weird half burp half stomach gurgle noises, which if you were kissing someone for the first time would be MORTIFYING, but neither of them seemed to care all that much.