It should have been the happiest moment of their lives – getting through to the My Kitchen Rules finale – but behind closed doors, sources tell Woman's Day the relationship between teammates Kim and Suong was so bad they almost didn't make it!
"It was an open secret on set the girls couldn't stand each other," spills an insider.
"Three months into filming their relationship was so bad they asked producers if they could live in separate apartments."
"They barely spoke to each other off camera and when they attended press events together they would completely ignore one another, and they were only posing for photos together when they had to…"
"It was a shock to everyone that they hadn't walked before the finale. It was really only the thought of the prize money that kept them going!"
In fact, the coveted $250,000 became yet another reason for the girls to fight. When Kim, 38, chose to temporarily leave the competition for personal reasons during the group challenges, Suong, also 38, got her back up.
"When Kim left, Suong decided it'd be unfair if her teammate got half the prize money, because she was essentially left to do all the hard work by herself".
And sources say it wasn't just the pressures of the high-profile TV show that got to them.
It appears the cracks in the Melbourne mums' friendship started a long time ago.
"They didn't just clash in the kitchen. Kim is very old-school and holds traditional values, while Suong is a lot more down-to-earth and easygoing," adds our source.
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Now it's unlikely the girls will have anything to do with each other after the show is over.
Kim has already confirmed she and Suong won't be embarking on any joint ventures.
"I wouldn't go into business with Suong. I want to open something for myself. If we went into business, it would break us," she told TV Week.
"We need a break from each other and time to be ourselves. Then maybe we'll come back together down the line."
"Being together through something so stressful is difficult. We had a lot of arguments, because Suong doesn't take my advice."
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