Sophie Monk and fiancé Joshua Gross channel The Notebook in a Valentine’s Day photo shoot for Stellar magazine after announcing their engagement
Sophie Monk and Joshua Gross confirmed their engagement on January 15, after weeks of rumours he’d secretly proposed.
And to celebrate the announcement, the Love Island Australia host and her fiancé grace the cover of this weekend’s Stellar magazine, which aptly hits newsstands on Valentine’s Day.
‘I’ve always believed in my Cinderella story… I just thought Cinderella was younger than 41!’ Sophie is quoted as saying on the cover, which was inspired by a famous scene in romantic film The Notebook.
Happily ever after: To celebrate their engagement, Sophie Monk and Joshua Gross graced the cover of Stellar magazine this week – aptly set to hit stores on Valentine’s Day
In the interview, Sophie said she had learned to love herself completely before finding happiness with neurological robotics consultant Josh.
‘I had a great life. I travelled a lot, I worked hard and I thought if love is what I have to sacrifice, then maybe I’ll do my own thing and be happy,’ she said.
But when she met Josh on a long-haul flight from Europe in 2018, everything fell into place.
Inspired: Sophie and her partner posed in the same way that Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s characters did in Nicholas Spark’s movie The Notebook
‘It was literally when the penny dropped that I was good, that I met Josh – I think you just have to be comfy in yourself, and that’s when the right thing comes along,’ she said.
Just like Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s characters in The Notebook, Sophie gazes into her partner’s eyes as he lifts her up in the pouring rain for the cover shoot.
She wore a pretty blue dress as she wrapped her legs around Joshua, and placed her hand on the side of his face while showing off her $50,000 engagement ring.
Bling: Sophie’s fiancé Joshua paid $50,000 for her custom ‘two become one, up in the clouds’ engagement ring
Joshua looked handsome in a white T-shirt which showed off his bulging biceps.
Sophie had announced their engagement via Instagram on January 15, sharing a gorgeous photo of herself cuddling up to her fiancé.
‘Told you I’d tell you guys first. I’m engaged,’ she wrote in the caption.
Romantic: The shank of the ring is in two parts at the back, that then becomes one towards the top where the diamonds are set. Luke’s bespoke engagement rings start at a few thousand dollars and can go up to around $80,000
Sophie Monk’s rocky love life
2005: Sophie reportedly begins casually dating actor Jason Statham
2006: Sophie and Jason split
2006: Sophie starts dating Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden
2007: Sophie and Benji get engaged
2008: Sophie and Benji split. Sophie reportedly moves on with producer Joe Francis before splitting soon after
2010: Sophie reportedly enjoys a brief romance with rap mogul Russell Simmons
2010: Sophie starts dating plastic surgeon John Diaz before breaking up months later
2010: Sophie reportedly enjoys a fling with actor Kevin Connolly
2010: Sophie starts dating billionaire Jimmy Esebag
2011: Sophie announces her engagement to Jimmy, but splits from him moths later
2012: Sophie denies rumours she is dating rapper Ray J
2013: Sophie starts dating actor Sam Worthington, but the couple break up months later
2016: Sophie confirms she’s casually dating ex-NRL player Eric Grothe Jr. but splits from him months later
2017: Sophie denies rumours she’s dating former AFL player Wayne Carey
2017: Sophie dates Stu Laundy after he wins The Bachelorette but the couple split six months later
2018: Sophie starts dating Joshua Gross
2021 Couple proudly announce their engagement in January after months of speculation
‘I honestly can’t thank you enough for all the love and support. I know I have the coolest people following me and you’ve always had my back and I feel so cared about,’ she added.
‘You’re absolute bloody legends. I’m not very good at being mushy. I’m trying to say I absolutely adore you. @joshuargross and I are so happy.’
The couple first met on a flight from Europe to Australia in August 2018, and shared a kiss after enjoying ‘three champagnes’ in business class.
They grew closer when Joshua helped Sophie recover after endometriosis surgery in November. Around this time, she also began the process of freezing her eggs.
Love story: They grew closer when Joshua helped Sophie recover after endometriosis surgery in November. Around this time, she also began the process of freezing her eggs