Stu Laundy breaks his silence
STU Laundry has shunned rumours his relationship with Bachelorette Sophie Monk is over, saying he "adores' her.
The 44-year-old, who won the reality show just a week ago, said claims they were pretending to be in love for the sake of Network Ten's ratings were false.
"That's totally untrue," said Laundy.
"Almost in my entire life I've never heard so much cr*p. Honestly.
"I just saw a glimmer of hope in this girl and put myself up (to appear on the Bachelorette) and it's worked.
"Then I hear these stories that we're not together? Well, everyday in my life it seems like we're together.
"I've offered to take a lie-detector test for you people. That's the truth," said Laundy.
Within 24 hours of the Bachelorette finale, rumours began swirling the couple had broken up or had faked the entire relationship, spurred by their appearance on The Project, where they showed what many believed was a lack of physical affection.
"I understand the scrutiny but a lot of it's just this weird hysteria. I mean, please. Soph's her age and I'm my age, we are not your stereotypical Bachelor or Bachelorette couple.
"If someone wants to come out and be a hater I can't help them. I'm going to be hated but can we try and maintain some perspective here?
"I'm in a very new relationship with a girl that I absolutely adore. I know this is no fairy tale. I know this was a dating show and I understand the scrutiny but if you want to hear from me, mate, I'm just not your 30-year-old guy who's going to go post every second of my life on Instagram so I can sell toothpaste. I'm a publican. There's no airs and graces about me," said Laundy.
The Bachelorette lovebirds were also photographed in a car park having a tense conversation, and interviewed by KIIS FM's Hughesy and Kate, after which host Kate Langbroek posted a photo of Monk and Laundy on Instagram with the caption: "She hates him".
"That Friday was a very, very tough day," said Laundy.
"We were going from radio station to radio station. Soph and I were bloody buggered. We had discussed it's her world not mine, and she was trying to protect me but I was on edge that day."
His nerves only rose when The Project panellist Meshel Laurie confronted the couple with the irony Monk had said she wanted a down-to-earth Aussie guy who wanted to start a family but instead picked Laundy, a millionaire publican who's already married and has had a vasectomy.
"I don't think anyone else on the show has been put through that. I was filthy inside," said Laundy.