LARA TO LEAVE LUXURY BONDI DIGS AFTER FILMING WRAPS UP ON REALITY SHOW

She may currently be holed up in the sort of multi-million dollar Bondi luxury she has previously been accustomed to but for Lara Bingle, star of Ten's upcoming self-titled reality show, the party is soon set to end.

The former fiancee of Michael Clarke is currently living in an $8 million beachfront, four-bedroom mega-pad but will soon hand back the keys to the luxury abode being rented by the program's production company Eye Works for about $4500 per week, say real estate sources.

A rep for Network Ten yesterday defended the decision to present the plush pad as Bingle's regular digs in the upcoming series Being Lara Bingle, saying it was simply easier to shoot in. Previously the former swimwear model resided in a pokey, one-bedroom Darling Point flat worth one-tenth the value of the Bondi penthouse.

"The (penthouse) makes for a better backing. It's easier to film in and the views are stunning," said a network source. It's also understood the producer opted for a Bondi location "to make the show more appealing to overseas TV buyers".

Asked if it will be disclosed in the reality series that the property is purely for show, the rep said: "It's brushed over".

And in a classic case of going from the penthouse to the dog house, Bingle - who is living with her brother Josh and manager Hermione Underwood in Bondi - is likely to return to her old Darling Point flat.

Source: Sydney Confidential
Published Date: 29th May 2012