Geordie Shore star Sophie Kasaei admits she’s ‘more skint than most people’ and was down to her last £5 | The Sun
GEORDIE Shore star Sophie Kasaei has admitted that she's "more skint than most people" and was down to her last £5.
The reality TV favourite – who rose to fame on the MTV show in 2011 – admitted she "worries" about not having a "regular income".
Sophie, 32, is famous for starring in MTV reality series Geordie Shore in two stints – from 2011 to 2013 and 2016 to 2019.
Earlier this week, she opened up about her money worries as she "struggled" with her salary from the hit programme.
Now, the influencer has admitted she still worries about her income, as she admitted to "being more skint than most people".
She told the False Economy podcast how she found it "tough" to be self-employed – and at one point only had £5 in the bank.
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"I’m probably a lot more skint than the local Joe Bloggs down the street and no one would know until I’ve told you now," Sophie said.
"We need to be more open about this because people think they can do reality shows and make so much money but it’s tough.
"The worry of not having a regular income was very scary. You can’t go back to a normal job either. I started when I was a kid, 12 years ago.
"I didn’t have a clue when I became self-employed. My accountant has taught me a lot and if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have a clue.
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"One day the conveyor belt was going in and out and I wasn’t breaking even. I had no money and woke up with £5 in the account and had to close my business, shut the shutters and start again.
"What makes it worse is even though I had £5 in the bank everyone watching me thinks I am a multimillionaire right now and they think I’m loaded and have everything they ever wanted."
It comes after Sophie admitted that the Geordie Shore cast "struggled" on their show salaries and some were "on benefits".
The star, who started her reality TV journey on Geordie Shore 12 years ago, shared: “When we first started the show we got absolutely nothing.
“The most we ever got was £1000 a month and we couldn’t survive on that, obviously after tax as well.
“Most of us worked at the call centre because in Newcastle there’s a lot of call centres because we can sell you the dream, we’re very friendly and warm and trustworthy.
“The worry of not having a regular income was very scary. You can’t go back to a normal job either. I started when I was a kid, 12 years ago.”
As well as struggling to live on the amount they received each month, Sophie also revealed the girls found it harder than the boys financially.
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“The boys were earning quite a lot of money from cash jobs, doing things like one hour of photos with fans and earning thousands and they were killing it,” she continued.
Sophie added: “But us girls were in big financial difficulty. There was no social media so we couldn’t make money from that – we had nothing.
“We struggled for a while, and got credit cards and all that kind of thing. But things did change and then the girls started to make some money.”
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