Father-of-four Stu has since spoken out saying that the rumours have been affecting his family. "People's opinions can hurt kids," he told OK.
"The only concern I have had thus far throughout the entire process is the wellbeing of my children and the negative impact on them."
He later spoke to The Daily Mail, asking for the public to give him and Soph a chance.
"I understand we've opened ourselves up to scrutiny dating on a show like this and yes, Soph is a national treasure which will raise interest."
"People are entitled to their opinions but I guess I just ask for a chance to prove the non believers wrong," he said.
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