We thought they were on Struggle Street. We thought they were living below the bottom rung of the property ladder. We thought they were like us.
But it turns out the contestants on the latest series of House Rules are not quite the battlers we thought they were.
Woman's Day has revealed that contestants on the show, which offers a free home renovation for all teams and pays off the winner's mortgage, already own property worth more than $NZ6.5 million combined.
We're shocked. We almost feel a little betrayed. (But Carole cried over that tiny pink chair?!).
Here's what Woman's Day claim:
- The now split Candy and Ryan (yes, their love didn't stand the reno' test according to the glossy and they decided they would split while renovating, but were only open about it post-filming) didn't even live in the house they were doing up. Ryan even owns another house around the corner!
- Maddi and Lloyd own two Queensland properties, including a pretty flash modern, no-reno-needed pad in Townsville worth $NZ450,000.
- Mel and Bomber, who said they started house-hunting on their first date (unlikely), already own three houses between them.
- Victorian couple Lisa and Adam have a $1.3m property portfolio. Neighbours at their House Rules home said they barely saw the couple there. Are we really that surprised?
- Oh Carole and Russ, how they tugged on our heart strings with all their bickering and tears. Their do-er upper house was so basic, bought on Gumtree, hardly liveable! Well, according to Australian Woman's Day they own $2.5m worth of property. Including a waterfront mansion. WIth a private jetty and spa pool. Tough life!
- And remember Grant and Brooke? The ones edited into the villains, nasty-old-naggy Brooke, well it turns out they were the only ones being upfront. They were the only team actually struggling to raise their family in the home we saw on the show. We've done a 180 and now feel bad that they were the first to go home.
- Thoughts? Are you surprised?
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