Whitney Way Thore, star of the TLC reality show My Big Fat Fabulous Life, is once again denying that her relationship—and subsequent breakup—with Chase Severino was fake.
First, a little catch up: Whitney is the star of the TLC docuseries, and while viewers last saw her engaged and happy with her fiancé Chase, that isn’t the case with the series’ recent premiere. Whitney and Chase have since broken up and rumours have run rampant that her relationship was all faked for My Big Fat Fabulous Life.
In a new and exensive interview with E! News, Whitney expresses how the rumours have affected her. “It’s really disheartening to me that every relationship I’ve ever been in that’s been public, people have said this. This is nothing new,” she told the outlet. “I read about myself online all the time. People actually say that my friends are paid actors or that nobody could really like me, so obviously they must be getting a big benefit from it.”
Whitney Way Thore is denying that her recent breakup was faked for My Big Fat Fabulous Life, but it isn’t the first time a reality star has been accused of having a fake relationship.
It is true that fans of the series do seem to think that the relationship may be fake and Whitney has noticed that the rumours seem to surface when she is dating someone new. “It’s not surprising. I think it’s just sad,” she said. “I think it’s a sad reflection on the fact that people think that fat women can’t be loved or that they have a feeling that this person is too attractive or this person’s too good for her or why would they want her? To me, it just speaks about how people view fat women.”
Whitney seems to be plagued by the reality TV curse and it may be true that more judgement and attention is focused on women in relationships as opposed to men. With that said, we have also repeatedly seen where a reality star will fake a storyline in order to further their time on TV and it is still possible that could be true in this show’s case.
One thing is for sure, fans are still tuning in.
My Big Fat Fabulous Life airs Tuesdays on TLC.