07.12.2021

Sophie Monk denies Jarrod Woodgate ‘stage five clinger’

But Sophie Monk, 37, has broken her silence to dispel swirling rumours about front-runner Jarrod Woodgate being what audiences have described as a ‘stage five clinger’.   

‘People are saying he’s a creep. He is not a creep at all. Not one bit,’ the blonde bombshell told KIIS FM’s Hughsey And Kate on Tuesday.

She has been laying low in Thailand while The Bachelorette plays out on screens across the nation.

‘People are saying he’s a creep. He is not a creep at all’: Sophie Monk, 37, has denied that over-zealous contestant Jarrod Woodgate is a ‘stage five clinger’

'People are saying he's a creep. He is not a creep at all': Sophie Monk, 37, has denied that over-zealous contestant Jarrod Woodgate is a 'stage five clinger' 

‘I’ve read some of the stuff and it’s not right,’ she said, before confirming that Jarrod is in fact a ‘lovely guy’.

Meanwhile, Jarrod has been hasty to insist that Channel Ten viewers have him all wrong, telling The Daily Telegraph: ‘I’m actually just trying to be a genuine loving caring guy.’

Jarrod secured the first kiss of the series with Sophie and has appeared infatuated and smitten with the blonde bombshell ever since.

'I wear my heart on my sleeve': Jarrod has also denied being 'creepy' after fans slammed his behaviour on the matchmaking show

‘I wear my heart on my sleeve’: Jarrod has also denied being ‘creepy’ after fans slammed his behaviour on the matchmaking show

He acknowledged: ‘People have an idea that I am a little creepy because of what I’ve been doing and how full on I’ve been.’

In recent episodes the vineyard manager has been quick to point out similarities between himself and Sophie, and has presented the former Bardot singer with numerous gifts, including a his-and-her pot plant to grow their love.

Jarrod has also shown his competitive side with his rivals, at one point announcing it was ‘food poisoning time’ when intruders arrived during a group date.

Rose-y beginnings: Jarrod secured the first kiss and rose of the series from Sophie and has appeared infatuated and smitten with the blonde bombshell ever sinc

Rose-y beginnings: Jarrod secured the first kiss and rose of the series from Sophie and has appeared infatuated and smitten with the blonde bombshell ever since

'People have an idea that I am a little creepy because of what I¿ve been doing and how full on I¿ve been': Jarrod claims the public have got him all wrong and he's actually 'y just trying to be a genuine loving caring guy'

‘People have an idea that I am a little creepy because of what I’ve been doing and how full on I’ve been’: Jarrod claims the public have got him all wrong and he’s actually ‘y just trying to be a genuine loving caring guy’

‘I wear my heart on my sleeve and as soon as a guy starts to show emotion, he becomes creepy and possessive and I’m actually just trying to be a genuine loving caring guy that Sophie wants,’ Jarrod opened up to the publication.

Jarrod, who works on his family’s Victorian winery, claimed his actions on the show are comparable to his life away from TV cameras.

‘If I find a girl that I’m interested in I will move mountains to be that guy and this is exactly the same attitude I had when I went in there,’ he said.

'I will move mountains to be that guy': Jarrod claims when he finds a girl he's interested in he has the 'same attitude' as on the show  (Pictured this week wearing a 'I (heart) Sophie' sticker

‘I will move mountains to be that guy’: Jarrod claims when he finds a girl he’s interested in he has the ‘same attitude’ as on the show  (Pictured this week wearing a ‘I (heart) Sophie’ sticker

‘If there is a stage past five he’s at it for the cling department’: On Thursday, former competitor Hayden Felsenthal described Jarrod as a ‘next level desperado’ while on Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny

On Thursday, former competitor Hayden Felsenthal described Jarrod as a ‘next level desperado’ while on Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny.

‘If there is a stage past five he’s at it for the cling department,’ he continued, before saying, ‘his 150 million percentage attitude’ means ‘he throws everything he’s got into everything he does.’ 

Jarrod is currently one of nine men left vying for Sophie’s affection.

The Bachelorette airs Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7.30pm on Channel Ten.

Tune in: The Bachelorette airs Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7.30pm on Channel Ten

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