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Lara Bingle Biography


Lara Bingle (born 1987, Cronulla, New South Wales) is an Australian model who is best known for appearing on Fingal Spit in the controversial 2006 Tourism Australia advertising campaign So where the bloody hell are you?, where she delivers this final line in the television commercial.

Because of Bingle's notoriety, later that year she competed on the Nine Network's celebrity ice dancing show Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, where she was eliminated 6th, and in the channel's parody of the above ad for their own ad for the 2006-2007 Ashes series.

In May 2006, Bingle took legal action against EMAP Australia, who allegedly published photographs of the model without her permission in the March 27, 2006 issue of Australian lad's mag Zoo Weekly. Bingle claims that the magazine defamed her by implying she consented to pose for the magazine, which used photographs that were shot when she was an unknown model.

In late March 2007, knowledge of nude photographs by celebrity photographer Gavin O'Neill on a German GQ Magazine website surfaced, resulting in a surge of Australian hits to the inundated site. Bingle's representatives claim O'Neill misused the shot(s), taken when she was 17. O'Neill suggests the photographs were taken on the foundation of selling them to the European market. With suggestion of more photos to be made public soon, Zoo Weekly are using these photographs as evidence against the controversial model.

Lara Bingle's reputation was built on the persona of her being the "Girl Next Door", but recent scandals involving Brendan Fevola and Michael Clarke have tarnished her once immaculate reputation. It was rumoured that during her time on the Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice series she struck up a relationship with an unknown 17 year old figure skater, Bingle was 19 at the time. Hastily after the break up of that relationship, Bingle allegedly had her relationship with Brendan Fevola. From there she moved on with Australian cricketer Michael Clarke. As of october 2007, she is with Clarke.

On September 28, 2006 Bingle appeared on the AFL The Footy Show's Grand Final episode during the player revue. On 12 December 2006 Melbourne's Channel Seven news reported that Bingle was the 'other woman' involved in the breakdown of Carlton AFL player Brendan Fevola's marriage, after months of internet speculation that they began their relationship on the night of the Grand Final episode. At the time Brendan's first child with his wife was only 5 months old. Bingle herself has denied that this is the case, claiming that the pair only met during their appearance on the Footy Show and nowhere else. The credibility of Bingle's public denial however was dented with the release of a voicemail message sent to Fevola allegedly by Bingle on 11 December 2006 a day before the story broke in the media. More revelations against Bingle emerged in subsequent days, giving further details of her relationship with Fevola which included a final phone confrontation between Bingle and Fevola's wife.. Bingle has since 'fled' her Sydney home and is currently 'in hiding, far away from Sydney' - speculated to be the northern NSW town of Tamworth, the home of her parents.

On 8 January 2007 reports had said that Bingle had a private party with Australian cricketer Michael Clarke over the previous weekend, just after the Australian team's private victory party. Further revelations on 10 January 2007, in Sydney tabloid The Daily Telegraph, indicated Bingle may have been involved with Clarke as early as September 2006, leading to speculation she was the catalyst in the relationship breakdown between Clarke and childhood sweetheart, Erina-Lea Connelly, who was kicked out of Clarke's Sutherland Shire house at the end of 2006. Bingle partnered Clarke to the Allan Border Medal night on 5 February 2007.

Following the revelations of Bingle's relationships with Fevola and Clarke, it was revealed on 12 January 2007 that Bingle will be replaced as the 'Face of Australian Tourism' by Bindi Irwin with Bingle relegated to a minor role.

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