We’re currently balls-deep in Angie Kent’s season of The Bachelorette, so it’s hard to imagine anyone else winning over the hearts of a bunch of Aussie blokes on TV right now. But for a while there, convicted drug trafficker Schapelle Corby was a frontrunner for the role, and now she’s spoken out about it.
After spending nearly a decade behind bars for trying to smuggle marijuana into Indonesia, 41-year-old Schapelle is trying her damn hardest to live a normal life, but fans of her and the show were pretty hell-bent on giving her the ol’ reality TV razzle dazzle.
A Facebook page called Schapelle Corby for The Bachelorette 2018 amassed a whopping 12.4k likes, proving that the people really want Australia’s favourite drug trafficker to find love in the Bachie mansion.
Now, I’m not condoning drug smuggling. It’s a really fucking bad idea. Do not do it. Do not do it. But the fact that Schapelle spent nearly a decade behind bars for carrying something that’s legal in so many parts of the world is pretty rough. And now, she’s done the crime and she’s done her time and she deserves a fresh start and a happy life.
But fans seems to have forgotten the fact that Schapelle is already living her fairytale ending, or at least the best life she can after spending such a huge chunk of her life behind bars.
Corby, now 41, is in a relationship with Ben Panangian, who she met while they were both serving drug charges in Bali. Although Ben can’t move to Australia yet, the pair holiday together annually and speak on the phone multiple times a day.
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Schapelle is currently in a happy relationship with her boyfriend of 13-years, so she’s not currently looking for her own reality dating show gig. But in a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph, she made it pretty clear that she’s not too keen on any sort of reality gig and would prefer to keep a low profile.
“I’m not in the right frame of mind to do these things,” she said.“I’m still becoming comfortable with life.”
Obviously, it’s been pretty tough to adjust to normal life considering Schapelle is one of Australia’s most well-known drug criminals. Throughout her interview with the Telegraph, she touched on her difficulty finding work and living her day-to-day life.
“I can’t go and work in a shop — it just causes havoc,” she said. “There’s no way.”
Schapelle still denies her involvement in the boogie board bag incident.
So there you have it folks, we’re not about to get a Schapelle season of The Bachelorette. But thankfully, she’s found love without the help of Osher Gunsberg, and seems to be trying really hard to get back into regular life.