Love Island’s Audrey Kanongara has spoken out about Ciarran Stott and shared more details about their steamy hook-up while filming The Challenge Australia, which was aired during Monday night’s premiere.
The two reality TV contestants, who were both already in relationships in the outside world, were shown sharing a shower late in the evening after a drunken night out with the rest of the cast.
Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle about the incident, Audrey confirms that she and the Bachelor in Paradise star “hooked up” and “fooled around”.
“I'm just a little bit annoyed because I saw an article the other day where he made claims that he stopped the rendezvous before everything happened,” she says. “I’m like, why are you lying? From the minute things happened in the house, he was lying.
“And like, not to say I wasn't a bad person because it takes two to tango, we were both consenting adults and we knew what we were doing. You can say you were drunk, I was drunk, he was drunk, but at the end of the day, you're still making those choices in your head.
“There were many times we both could have stopped it and said ‘no’, but we didn't until it got to the end… I want it to be done just as much as I'm sure he does, but I just don't think he’s going to achieve that if he keeps lying. So we’ll see.”
The 22-year-old went on to share details about the aftermath of the hook-up, revealing that her relationship with Ciarran had a major impact on the rest of her time on the show.
“He made it really difficult for me to go to the same areas he was in, like if I was hungry and I wanted to go in the kitchen and he was there, I would just starve,” she admits. “He made me feel really ostracised because it’s the Ciarran show, Ciarran’s upset, Ciarran made a mistake.
“I took the time out of my day a few times to just talk to him like, ‘Are you okay? Don’t think about it, at the end of the day it is what it is’.”
Audrey adds that while Jessica Brody and Kiki Morris had both told her about their previous relationships with Ciarran, she was unaware he had a reputation for being a “serial cheater”.
“I just thought it was a little funny that when we were having a conversation he said, ‘My girlfriend and I were worried that I would do something with Jess or Kiki, and here I am doing it with a completely different person’,” she recalls.
“I’m like, that’s on you, honey. I don't know you, I don’t know your life, please don't even talk to me. And after that, it was just like, a stone-cold relationship.”
‘I really didn’t expect that’
When asked about her current relationship with her boyfriend of over a year, Audrey says “it’s complicated”.
“We are trying to work through things, but I feel like it's just one of those things,” she shares. “We’re both very young, we’re both 22, so it's definitely a difficult thing to navigate.
“But we're taking the time to try and see if we can work. And you know what, if it doesn't work out then it doesn’t work out, whatever. I’m young, he’s young, and I'm sure there are millions of other people that will walk into our lives.”
She also reveals that she “could not find it in my heart and soul to tell him immediately” about the fact that she had cheated, but she eventually shared the news when he picked her up from the airport.
“He showed up with roses and I was like, dude, you’re not making this easy!” she laughs. “So I thought to myself, alright, maybe this relationship is worth saving. Because originally I was like, I wouldn't take me back. I had kind of checked out and I was thinking, it’s fair if he wants to leave me, I’m okay with it.
“When I finally told him, I really did expect us to just be done because stereotypically, that's what happens. You cheat, you get dumped. And then he said, ‘The best thing you could do for me right now is stay’. I really didn't expect that. So I appreciate the fact that he wants to work things out, it obviously means that he cares about the relationship more than I thought he did.”
The Challenge Australia continues 7:30pm Monday on Channel 10 and 10 Play
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