LARA BINGLE INKS A HOME DEAL

Lara Bingle is poised to begin the next thrilling chapter of her life - mortgage-free and with a new set of tattoos - thanks to her generous payout from ex-fiance, Michael Clarke.

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The swimwear model has bought her first home - a tiny 65sq m apartment - in a quiet cul-de-sac in Darling Point, just up the road from Nicole Kidman's former abode in the prestigious harbourside suburb.

Real estate sources yesterday said, while the sprawling penthouse that crowns the 1950s red brick building would be worth "over $2 million easy", the 23-year-old snagged her refurbished flat for $880,000.

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Confidential hears Bingle has financed the purchase with her $600,000 settlement from Clarke, the $200,000 she pocketed from the sale of her nude photo scandal story to Woman's Day and her savings.

While she recently acquired some new ink - "Love Love" on her upper right arm, near the shoulder, and "Breath" on her finger - Confidential also hears Bingle has rarely been alone since her engagement breakdown. She has been linked to no less than three different fellas of late.

Source: Sydney Confidential
Date: 16th September 2010