Sophie Monk recalls losing “nearly everything” after a decade-long stint in Hollywood

“Someone ripped off all my money…”
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Sophie Monk might now be the name of everyone’s lips, but as it turns out the reality television star had to fight — hard — for her position as golden girl.

The 37-year-old has revealed that an acquaintance swindled her out of “nearly everything” she had earned while trying to make a name for herself as an actress in Los Angeles.

“Someone ripped off all my money,” the newly-announced Love Island host told

“It was a friend of mine. I gave too much permission. I let this person run my banking. You can’t sue because I said yes. I signed the papers without reading them.”

She added: “You can make money (in this industry) but you can lose it if you don’t know what to do with it. You’re too busy working that you don’t pay attention. The money side, that’s not my thing. I don’t do numbers. I’m a saver, which is stupid. I didn’t invest.”

Sophie, who appeared on the likes of Click and Hard Breakers during her time in Hollywood, said she lost “hundreds of thousands” of dollars before packing her things and heading back to Australia. She eventually moved in with her mum and dad in the suburb she grew up in on the Gold Coast.

“I always say everything happens for a reason and I’m glad that happened. I’ll never go back,” she said.

Sophie clawed her way back into our hearts when she appeared on The Bachelorette, and we’ll soon get another dose of the blonde beauty — as the host of Love Island.

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Of course, her man, Stu Laundy, will also be joining her in Spain during shooting.

“I’m sure he’ll have to visit,” she said. “It’s about two months. I’ll have some downtime. I just come on and do my thing and watch it all unfold.”

The idea behind Love Island, which has been hugely popular in the UK, is that hot singles couple up and the public decides who stays and who leaves. At the end, the winning couple is given a pot of money. Then one of them is given the chance to keep all the money for themselves.

“I love this style of show,” Sophie said. “These people falling in love and then the drama of it and whether they’re going to choose the money or the love at the end…”

Stay tuned!

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