Being Lara Bingle and the show's star, Lara Bingle, has polarised viewers, but her mother Sharon has been warmly received.

A candid Mrs Bingle said what viewers saw on the show was exactly what she was in real life.

"I have nothing to hide," she said.

"What you see is what you get with me. I'm not trying to be someone else.

"I'm certainly no actress, I'm just trying to do what's best."

Mrs Bingle said she was always 100 per cent honest with her daughter, even if it wasn't what Lara wanted to hear.

She said she admired the way Lara handled the microscopic attention on her life, through the good and bad times.

In particular, she said when Lara broke up with her former fiance, Michael Clarke, she dealt with the attention very well considering the circumstances.

"I think she held her head very high," she said.

"I will never forget the break-up between Michael and her. It was absolutely surreal what was going on.

"I couldn't believe the attention she was getting."

Mrs Bingle said like everyone, her daughter hurt at times.

"She's a very resilient girl, but she's also human.

"She hurts like everyone else."

Mrs Bingle works in a homewares shop in a southern Sydney suburb.

Source: Herald Sun
Published Date: 1st July 2012