Sophie Monk, Australia's favourite Bachelorette, revealed she has split from Stu Laundy in a lengthy Instagram post shared with fans on Friday.
While her open letter saying they had given it their "best shot" was embraced by fans, who encouraged the star to stay strong, it seems her former partner wasn't actually aware they had officially broken up.
In an interview with Nova's Fitzy & Wippa this week, Stu revealed he found out about the official news along with the rest of Australia via Instagram.
“It was Soph’s [decision] — and apart from being so publicly brushed, I have no hard feelings whatsoever,” he told the show's hosts.
“I sort of found out via Instagram, but we both knew in our hearts it was pushing toward a friendship, I think it was a decision we’d both been coming to.”
“We couldn’t work it out on the show because you get a bit influenced, but as we came out over the next few months, we just became better mates, but you’d have to ask Soph," Stu said of their faded romance.
Despite the fact that they are no longer together, Stu maintains that their relationship was very-much real.
“There was definitely love there, there still is. We basically came out of that show and as soon it finished on air we were living together,” he said. "We had about three to four months of a whirlwind romance. It was very real.”