Sophie’s brutally honest day on a plate
"IF YOU'RE gonna kiss it, f**k it," Sophie Monk says bluntly.
She's in the middle of rattling off all the food she indulges in on her cheat days. And she's not even going to try pretend she's one of those "everything in moderation" celebrities who goes on about "portions" and "enjoying but not indulging".
For Monk, 37, it's go hard or go home.
"I can eat three pizzas easy. And ice cream. I love ice cream - vanilla and I sprinkle Milo on it. Sometimes I have it with cereal, too - Frosted Flakes. It adds a nice crunch," she tells news.com.au.
The Love Island host has been staying in Sydney's Bondi recently, and she's of mixed opinion about the suburb. On one hand, she loves the beach and the lifestyle. On the other, she's sick of looking out onto the streets and seeing beautiful people with tanned and toned butts strapped into tiny G-string bikinis.
She also doesn't understand the local obsession with kale and the fact it comes in everything.
"I'd rather eat a tree," she says. "I don't get it when people say, 'kale's beautiful'. No! It tastes like dirt!"
While she admits to having "blowout days every third day" when it comes to her meal plans, on a "good" day she keeps things strict.
Egg whites with tomato, mushroom, avocado and salmon for breakfast. Fish for lunch. ("I eat a lot of fish - I'm surprised I haven't got mercury poisoning," she says.) And for dinner, it's a rice poke bowl. "I usually get three," she laughs.
It's been a hectic year for Monk, who burst back onto television screens and into headlines when she signed on to star as The Bachelorette. A frenzy of other media commitments followed - and she's now signed on as the host of Channel Nine's Love Island which begins filming in March.
Monk, who was named Who magazine's Sexiest Person of the Year, says she couldn't care less about vanity. And because of her work schedule, she doesn't even have time to.
"I used to run an hour a day and now I don't have time. If I have to go to the gym I wouldn't sleep. I'll do occasional yoga or something. Or I do my own dance routines with my friends," she laughs.
A lack of obsession over looks and social media is what she likes about Stu Laundy, the millionaire publican she chose to be with on The Bachelorette in November.
"It's so attractive when a man's not vain," she says. "(If they are) it means they go to the gym every day with protein bars and that's not my nature."
She says the fact they don't promote their relationship on social media is part of the reason why they're being hounded by tabloids alleging their relationship is all a sham for the TV cameras.
Rumours the pair have signed a contract to be together for an agreed amount of time have been reported. Paparazzi shots of them looking frustrated have been written about. Photos of the couple kissing and sitting next to each other have been analysed by body language experts.
And Monk says she can't win.
"What can I do? Unless I do a cartwheel and then they'll (the tabloids) go overboard. I don't know what facial expression you want! It's mission impossible," she says.
"And we are together but he's not co-dependent. I used to be but we're not going to be by each other's side (all the time)."
The behind-the-scenes craziness of the paparazzi drama is something Monk wants to expose in a new travel show she has in the works at Nine. In a one-off special, cameras will follow the star and her best friend Oscar Gordon as they travel around a foreign city.
"I want to reveal for kids (that) when you're aspiring to be like these influencers, people's lives are not that glamorous and perfect. People wake up looking like crap. I want to show we do it too ... airbrushing (photos)."
She says she wants to expose all the lengths celebrities go to in order to make themselves look good for paparazzi. And that includes outing her own personal trick.
"(I) order expensive champagne if we see paps and then when they go, I send it back and order cheaper stuff," she laughs.
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