Stu Laundy might have the kind of money, power and influence most of us can only ever dream of, but he’s still lonely.
Speaking to the Australian Financial Review on Friday, the 44-year-old heir to the Laundy family’s $412 million fortune, said sheer loneliness drove him to apply for the show.
Before applying for The Bachelorette, Laundy had a brief encounter with Sophie Monk which made him believe it was worth pursuing the possibility of a relationship with her.
Laundy said Monk was the first woman he had clicked with since separating from his ex-wife four years earlier.
“I really felt like Sophie and I clicked, all be it for 10 minutes but more so than I’ve clicked with anyone since my ex-wife,” Laundy says.
So after some deliberations, Laundy decided to put his heart on the line on national TV.
“I ummed and ahhed a lot … and it was because of my kids. My two little ones are big fans of the show, they were always pretty positive but the two older ones were wondering what the impact would be on themselves and their mother,” he told AFR.
“But I weighed up all the pros and cons and through several years of unhappiness, I just thought, this might be a path to happiness.”