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Big Brother star Sophie Budack denies she's in a 'showmance' with model Chad Hurst

Big Brother star Sophie Budack denies rumours she's in a 'showmance' with model Chad Hurst - and reveals they're moving in together in

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Big Brother star Sophie Budack denies rumours she’s in a ‘showmance’ with model Chad Hurst – and reveals they’re moving in together in Sydney

Sophie Budack joked that Chad Hurst asked for her hand in marriage while living in the Big Brother house. 

And now the former gymnast, 25, has denied claims that their connection was a ‘showmance’ orchestrated by producers.   

Speaking to New Idea on Monday, Sophie said: ‘The feelings are definitely genuine!’

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Big Brother star Sophie Budack (right) has denied rumours she is in a 'showmance' with model Chad Hurst (left) - and has revealed she plans to move to Sydney to be closer to him

Big Brother star Sophie Budack (right) has denied rumours she is in a ‘showmance’ with model Chad Hurst (left) – and has revealed she plans to move to Sydney to be closer to him

International model Chad, 27, struck up a strong romantic bond with Sophie since they entered the house as latecomers together in the reboot’s second episode.   

Recent articles, including one in Woman’s Day on Monday, have suggested the producers had ‘edited’ scenes to make the pair appear more loved-up and smitten than they actually were.

A source even claimed: ‘Sophie is very competitive and wanted to win, so she definitive was playing the part of Chad’s love interest for the camera.’

However, Sophie has hit back at those suggestions, telling New Idea: ‘We were playing a game… it’s too hard to play a game and play someone else in it.’ 

'It's too hard to play a game and play someone else in it!' Sophie (right) has denied suggestions the producers had 'edited' scenes to make the pair appear more loved-up, and that Sophie was 'playing the part of Chad's (left) love interest for the camera'

‘It’s too hard to play a game and play someone else in it!’ Sophie (right) has denied suggestions the producers had ‘edited’ scenes to make the pair appear more loved-up, and that Sophie was ‘playing the part of Chad’s (left) love interest for the camera’

Wedding bells! Big Brother Australia lovebirds Sophie Budack (pictured) and Chad Hurst announced their SHOCK engagement on Sunday's episode after the proposal happened in the house

Pictured: Chad Hurst

Wedding bells! Big Brother Australia lovebirds Sophie (left) and Chad Hurst  (right) announced their SHOCK engagement on Sunday’s episode after the proposal happened in the house

Despite recent rumours suggesting their romance may have fizzled after the show, Sophie insisted they are as close as ever. 

A source recently revealed to Daily Mail Australia that the reality TV lovebirds have not seen each other since filming the show in April, and are living in separate states amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Chad is hunkering down in his Bondi apartment while Sophie has been unable to visit him, stuck in Darwin due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. 

She confirmed their long-distance situation to the magazine, but said she is speaking to Chad every day and is planning to move to Sydney soon.   

TV romance: They have previously been filmed cuddling and kissing on the show, and last week Sophie was busted falling out of her bed topless

TV romance: They have previously been filmed cuddling and kissing on the show, and last week Sophie was busted falling out of her bed topless

On Sunday’s episode, the couple even spoke about taking the next steps in their relationship – leaving their housemates shocked.  

Sophie casually let slip of their engagement while the cast made their beds at Big Brother’s request.

‘Chad last night, I don’t know if you recall this Chad, he asked for my hand in marriage,’ Sophie said with a smile and a slight giggle. 

Marriage celebrant Shane Vincent reacted in shock: ‘Say what? This 17-day romance is peaking!’ 

Separation makes the heart grow fonder? Chad (pictured) is at his Bondi apartment while Sophie has been unable to visit him, stuck in Darwin, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

Separation makes the heart grow fonder? Chad (pictured) is at his Bondi apartment while Sophie has been unable to visit him, stuck in Darwin, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

Chad laughed off the comments, as Sophie joked: ‘You’re all invited to the wedding!’ 

They have previously been filmed cuddling and kissing on the show, and last week Sophie was busted falling out of her bed topless. 

Big Brother Australia continued on Monday from 7:30pm on Seven

Tune in: Big Brother Australia continues on Monday from 7:30pm on Seven

Tune in: Big Brother Australia continues on Monday from 7:30pm on Seven

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