Amanda Stanton got engaged to Josh Murray after spending three weeks together filming Bachelor in Paradise this summer, and now her appearance on the show is really paying off. Not only did she snag a husband-to-be and a pricey diamond engagement ring, the single mom of two is said to be raking in more than $20,000 a month promoting products on social media.
Amanda’s ex-husband and father of her two daughters, Nick Buonfiglio, reportedly wants his share of her windfall and more visitation time with their children, Kinsley (4) and Charlie (2), something that may cause Josh and Amanda to hold off on their rumored plan to move to Atlanta.
Here’s the latest scoop on how Amanda is reportedly cashing in on fame, her legal troubles with her ex-husband, and her plans with her fiance, Josh Murray.
According to Reality Steve, Amanda and the other Bachelor in Paradise contestants were paid anywhere between $7,000 — $15,000 to appear on the show. Considering Amanda was one of the most talked-about contestants this season, it’s possible that she was paid top dollar for her appearance on the show.
In addition to a fat paycheck for spending three weeks on a beach with Josh, Amanda is reportedly making as much as $20,000 per month promoting products on social media. Or at least that’s what her ex-husband Nick says.
In court documents obtained by TMZ, Nick claims that Amanda’s income “has skyrocketed” since she was on Bachelor in Paradise “from $100/year to around $20k a month… now Nick wants her to pay more child support.”
Of course, it’s just a bit curious that Amanda’s ex-husband claims that she only made $100 per year before going on Ben’s season of the Bachelor and the most recent season of Bachelor in Paradise.
Amanda’s ABC bio states that she is an esthetician — US News reports that the median salary for a full-time esthetician is approximately $29,000 per year, but it’s not clear if she worked full-time before going on TV or it was a part-time job.
TMZ states that in the court documents that Nick filed he claims that although the media attention that surrounds Amanda and her new fiance, Josh Murray, is great for her “bottom line” but “bad for their daughters,” Kinsley and Charlie.
Buonfiglio not only wants more money from Amanda, but he also wants to spend more time with his daughters — perhaps feeling a bit threatened by Josh’s constant social media posts that show him playing with the girls and assuming the step-dad role.
According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, Josh and Amanda are looking to settle down in Atlanta, where Josh was living before moving out to California to live with Amanda while Bachelor in Paradise was airing this summer. Now that Amanda’s ex has filed papers asking for more time with his children and an increase in child support, it’s possible that court proceedings could stall the newly engaged couple’s plans to move cross country.
Amanda and Nick were married on October 11, 2012, and according to Radar Online, their divorce was finalized until June 15, 2015, just three months before Amanda started filming Ben’s season of the Bachelor and one year before she met Josh Murray on Bachelor in Paradise.
The couple has joint custody of their daughters and Nick frequently posts photos online until recently deactivating his Facebook account. His Twitter account still shows a photo of Nick and Amanda and hasn’t been updated since February, 2011.
As far as child support goes, a report from Radar Online states that Nick was paying Amanda $2,000 per month based on her $100 per month income at the time of their divorce last year. Their divorce decree reportedly states that “Nick takes the children on alternating weekends and every Wednesday night.”
Will Nick prevent Amanda from moving with Josh to Atlanta with their children? And will the court grant him child support, or lower his monthly payments, now that Amanda is cashing in on her reality TV fame?
Expect to hear more about the court case in the coming months if Josh and Amanda remain in the spotlight.
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