LARA ADMITTED SHE WAS SHOCKED AT MICHAEL CLARKE'S WEDDING AND STILL WEARS A RING ON HER ENGAGEMENT FINGER

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They broke up in a blaze of publicity more than two years ago but Lara Bingle has revealed she still wears a ring on her engagement finger, the same digit that used to display a $200,000 sparkler given to her by Aussie cricket skipper Michael Clarke.

Extending her congratulations to ex-fiance Clarke on his marriage to Kyly Boldy, 24-year-old Bingle admitted old habits die hard because it feels like only yesterday that they were due to marry.

When the couple split in 2010, Bingle was said to have thrown the 4.7-carat diamond ring down the toilet of their Bondi penthouse, a claim later denied by her agent.

The model turned reality TV star yesterday admitted she was stunned to hear that Clarke had tied the knot - but wished the couple all the best.

"My brother (Josh) is a real piss taker and I thought he was taking the piss. I was like; 'You're joking,'" Bingle told The Daily Telegraph's Sarrah Le Marquand.

She shrugged off claims Clarke opted for a low-key ceremony in the Blue Mountains with Boldy to distance himself from his high-profile and often melodramatic romance with Bingle.

"We haven't been together for quite some time and people change," she said.

"With us it was a completely different scenario - we both wanted the same things and when you move on with another person maybe another person doesn't want that.

"So I think the way they did it was very smart. In the country is not really my thing but it looked amazing and they looked happy and she looked beautiful."

With no shortage of her own critics, Bingle also spoke out in defence of Delta Goodrem, who has endured spiteful commentary for her work on The Voice.

"Australia has nothing else to talk about. They're not going to be talking about Seal and ... who else is on the show? Joel Madden and Keith Urban? She looks great, she speaks well and is really sweet."

Source: Sydney Confidential
Published Date: 22nd May 2012