• Stu and Sophie. (Network Ten)Source: Network Ten
Think Sophie Monk's new beau Stu Laundy looks familiar? There's a reason for that.
By
Stephen A Russell

27 Oct 2017 - 4:12 PM  UPDATED 27 Oct 2017 - 4:12 PM

Acolytes of the sun god and charismatic magician were left bereft when Network Ten's celebrity bachelorette, Sophie Monk, cast aside fan favourite Apollo Jackson in the second-last instalment of its competitive romance reality hit, The Bachelorette.

Instead, the goddess of love Aphrodite led model/singer/actor/TV host and proud bogan Monk to millionaire Sydney publican Stu Laundy, to whom she gifted her final rose.

Cue outraged cries of a "stitch up" from the mere mortals of Twitter: Monk has already acknowledged that Laundy, a millionaire divorcee and father of four, was known to her before the show sent 22 would-be suitors to the multiple-choice mansion.   

But he's also be known to SBS audiences, too. Because the owner of the Watsons Bay and Woolloomooloo Bay Hotels (and heir to a vast family fortune estimated to be worth somewhere around the cool $500 million mark), was a memorable participant in confronting three-part documentary series Filthy Rich and Homeless.

Laundy joined self-made millionaire Tim Guest, Cherry Blooms founder Jellaine Dee, boxing scion Kayla Fenech and socialite Christian Wilkins, son of Today Show entertainment reporter Richard, in this reality TV hybrid that challenged them to live on the streets of Melbourne for ten days with only a sleeping bag and no wallet.  

Hosted by Indira Naidoo and homeless expert Dr Catherine Robinson, and produced by Blackfella Films, the rich kids entered with very little idea what they would face on the streets, and even less of a clue about the lives of real homeless people.

Laundy’s initial interview in Filthy Rich and Homeless betrayed his less than sympathetic opinion going in. “I would think to some of the homeless people, it’s become a way of life and sometimes when things become a way of life, it’s hard to change.”

But by the end of the series, Laundy’s eyes had been opened somewhat. “I apologise to the multitude of men I have blanketed in my past opinion, but it’s changed now, you can be assured. I feel very, very sorry for you.”

After participating in the show, Laundy told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper: “Since the experiment, I often find myself walking up to them to have a chat and find out about their struggles and resources available to them in Sydney. I also never realised the extent of the drug and alcohol issues among the homeless community, nor did realise how little was available to them in terms of getting back on their feet.”

Let’s hope Laundy holds onto some of that newfound empathy as he and Monk forge a new life together post-The Bachelorette

 

Watch Filthy Rich and Homeless over at SBS On Demand now:

More at SBS:
The world is an amazing place - experience it at SBS On Demand
Everything from the inner recesses of the human mind to the outer fringes of the natural world is put under the microscope in this collection of informative and thought-provoking docos.
Samantha Bee creates a haunted house to scare the crap out of climate change deniers
It's like IT - but with climate change.
Titus Welliver on Bosch going rogue, dealing with pro-Trump trolls and mining personal tragedy in his acting
‘The Playlist’ talks to the crime series star.
Find out who is in The Mosque Next Door
Meet the colourful characters showcased on the new documentary series, starting Wednesday 8 November, 8.30pm on SBS.
How to make cafe-quality French toast every time
Golden, crisp-edged and custardy in the centre, this is how French toast should be made.
Batusi like an Egyptian. And try not to fall in love.
It's time to Batusi like an Egyptian and check out the debut of King Tut in this week's Batman