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The Bachelorette's Sophie Monk and Stu Laundy may have had a secret pact from the very start

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The story goes that they met in 2016, and Stu – a third-generation publican – asked the singer on a date on his dad's yacht. © Getty Images The story goes that they met in 2016, and Stu – a third-generation publican – asked the singer on a date on his dad's yacht.

Did Sophie Monk arrange to have Stu Laundy join The Bachelorette once she realised the other guys were "duds"?

That's the going theory, with an insider telling New Idea that Stu, 44, was always going to win.

"Everyone in their circles knows that she asked him to go on the show," the source told the publication. "People like Stu don't need to go on a show to find love. He is loaded, knee deep in babes, and he would never risk his reputation unless he knew he was winning."

From the get-go, Stu – who was an intruder on the show – and Sophie, 37, were honest about knowing each other prior to filming.

The story goes that they met in 2016, and Stu – a third-generation publican – asked the singer on a date on his dad's yacht. Sophie accepted, but later cancelled at the last minute.

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Once Stu was introduced a few episodes into The Bachelorette, both discussed their brief history.

"When I first met her it was excellent and I really wanted to meet her again," Stu said on his first episode. "I had to go through the rigmarole to do it."

Instantly, the dad-of-four became a frontrunner, and eventually, he won Sophie's heart.

But now people think there may have been more than just that one meeting last year.

"My guess is that Sophie and Stu have a pre-existing relationship, and that he came on the show only because he was absolutely guaranteed a win," one fan wrote on Facebook. "Whether or not Sophie asked for him initially, or whether he was called in when it became clear the rest of the dudes were duds, I don't know.

"But Stu is way too smart and successful to put his reputation on the line to chase a girl. Men like him don't do that. I reckon the whole thing was a set up."

She added that men who are "rich, attractive" and "powerful" don't need to find love on reality TV, nor do they risk public humiliation, particularly "when they have four daughters".

But Sophie's publicist has denied that it was a set-up, telling the Daily Mail on Monday, "It is completely made up rubbish."

Pictures: Facts to know about Sophie Monk

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 23: Sophie Monk arrives at the 59th Annual Logie Awards at Crown Palladium on April 23, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) 15 facts to know about Sophie Monk

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