Love her or hate her, Lara Bingle's new reality show airs next week. John McAvoy from Eyeworks wanted her to do it 18 months ago but she refused. He persisted and she eventually agreed to film a pilot episode and when Channel 10 saw it, they commissioned the series.
Lara is aware of her reputation. "I haven't made the best choices over the years" she says "I know that, but people make mistakes and I have but I'm only 24 and have learnt a lot."
Her reputation was damaged when she had a short fling with Brendan Fevola who was married. "We spoke a lot on the phone because he was in Melbourne and I was in Sydney." They were on the phone one day and he told her it was his baby crying in the background. According to Lara, he never mentioned he was in a relationship, let alone married, and since she was a Sydney girl who knew nothing about AFL, she was unaware of his wife, Alex. "We met in Melbourne and he came up to Sydney for a couple of days and that was all there was to it" she said.
Not long after, she started dating Michael Clarke who asked her to marry him. But when he came home suddenly from the Australian cricket tour of New Zealand and found calls to Kings Cross organized crime figure John Ibrahim on her phone, he was not happy and some say that was the reason he called off the engagement.
Three weeks ago we had a naked photo scandal when media photographers were accused of sneaking pictures of Lara in the nude inside her apartment. And now she has to go to court next month to face four charges, including driving while suspended. She was charged after she allegedly hit a motor bike with her Mercedes at Bondi Beach last month.
In the first episode of her new show, we get to meet her family, mother Sharon and brother Josh who has also been in the news lately. Her angry grandmother gives Lara a stern lecture on the phone and says "What the hell are you thinking of, don't you have enough trouble in your life, how do you think your mum and I feel, I'm disgusted with you."
Being Lara Bingle premiers June 12 at 8pm on Channel 10.