They were the cashed up bogan-Bachie couple of our dreams.
Sophie gave Stu her final rose and they remained together for a few months after the finale aired.
Then on Australia Day, Sophie announced via Instagram that they were over.
Up until this point, neither Sophie or Stu had given a concrete reason for their breakup.
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Now Stu has spoken to the Daily Mail about why it would never have worked out with Sophie.
The 45-year-old explained he was always just really good friends with Sophie, but appearing on the show muddled his feelings. He didn’t have the chance to stop and really examine how he actually felt about the 38-year-old.
“The thing is, what I saw was humour and friendship,” Stu told the publication. “And the way the show plays out, in the bubble you’re in, it’s easy to confuse your feelings.”
Stu said he was very proud of Sophie and he was sure the two would be “mates forever”.
The heir to the Laundy fortune also told the publication he didn’t go on the show to become “Insta famous”. Instead, he said he really wanted to find love and settle down with the right woman.
When Sophie announced their breakup in January this year, she said her and Stu were just “very different people”.
“I don’t know how to explain this because it’s an unusual circumstance to be in…” Monk shared with her 473,000 Instagram followers.
“But because I entered this relationship so publicly, I know I owe an answer to Australia about my personal life.
“I went into this experience looking to settle down and start a family. I gave it the best shot I could and my intentions were everything I said I was looking for, but unfortunately it just didn’t work out.”
“There were no contracts or pressure to stay together whatsoever from anyone and we remain friends,” she wrote.
The entertainer said the whole experience taught her how “jump out of my comfort zone to find real love”.
“I hope I haven’t disappointed anyone,” she wrote.