Sophie Kasaei is single and ready to mingle on the new series of Geordie Shore.
The northern lass found herself single for the first time since the first ever series of the hit MTV show when she was sent to Australia with her castmates.
But she wasn’t just looking to pull.
The 28-year-old says she’s past all that now, and was actually hoping to find love when she went Down Under.
Speaking exclusively to Mirror Online, Sophie said she teamed up with pal Abbie Holborn to look for the right lad.
The show returned this week, when fans saw the remaining cast members – Sophie, Abbie, Chloe Ferry, Sam Gowland and Nathan Henry – head to Australia.
After arriving, they were joined by new lad Grant Molloy and Aussies Alexander MacPherson, Nick Murdoch, Dee Nguyen and Chrysten Zenoni.
“I think that was the first time that I didn’t actually want to go home,” Abbie told us.
Sophie added: “I miss anybody that leaves, whoever it is, I’m going to miss them when I’m filming but people have to realise that we’re only filming for five weeks and every other single day I speak to them and see them outside the show, so it’s only five weeks.
“Me and Marnie were always really close and filming Geordie Shore we were always together so I think her not being there has probably given me a bit more time to bond with everyone else. Because sometimes me and Marnie will just be in a little bubble, so I spent a lot of time with Abbie now and Nathan and Chloe.
“I miss her so much but I’ll see her outside the show. I miss Aaron a lot though.”
But Abbie reckons Sophie might have struggled without Marnie had it not been for her newly-single status after her split from long-term boyfriend Joel Corry.
She told Sophie: “I think with Marnie not being there if you were still in a relationship then you would have struggled.
“But because she was single, we bonded, we were always together, it was really good.”
And Sophie said: “It’s so weird saying single Sophie is back, but the only time she was ever there was series one so it’s really strange.
“I’m nearly 30 now so I’m such a different woman. I’m not going to go out on the pull and bring lads back, I’m over that now, I’m older.
“So I was sort of on the look for love but it’s really hard to find it when I’ve got a camera crew, a camera man with a big lens, and a sound man, a team of 20 production, and a cast, so it’s really hard to find someone, it’s not normal, but I did try.
“As well, in Australia they’re massive fans of the show so when I was meeting people they were going, ‘Oh my God it’s Sophie from Geordie Shore’, and I was like, ‘Please just don’t’.”
Sophie and Abbie admitted that the news boys in the house did catch their eye, although they say Aussies “can’t drink for s**t” and struggled to keep up with the Geordies.
But hooking up with one of her castmates gave Sophie a better understanding of what the other girls in the house had been through in the past.
She told us: “It’s really weird for me to even kiss a boy from the house because I’ve never kissed one of those Geordie Shore boys, ever.
“I kissed one of them and it was really weird because I’d seen what all the girls had gone through before with getting with boys in the house, and I’d think ‘Why are you doing it? There are so many boys out there’, but now I get it.
“When you’re living with someone you get feelings for them when you’re living with them 24/7 and you’re in this bubble.
“There were times when I’d kiss a boy then he’d be flirting with another girl and I was doing exactly what the other girls had done before.
“It’s the opposite way round, you’re living with someone before you’re dating them.”
Last series saw Abbie get caught up in a bit of a love triangle with Chloe and Sam, and she told us it was a difficult time for her.
She said: “I’m not going to lie, last series I found it really hard. Sometimes you’re put in situations you don’t want to be in but you are because of the way the show is.
“I remember when the series was on I was worried because I didn’t want people to think I was that sort of person when I just got stuck in this s**t situation that I couldn’t really get out of, a bit of a love triangle.
“Finally I got out of it but I feel like this time around I’m not in that situation any more and I’ve took more power and I’m not that girl any more and this time around I’m not filled with dread about watching it, because I’m more me.”
This series will also see the return of former cast member Holly Hagan.
* Geordie Shore airs Tuesday at 10pm on MTV