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The Biggest Loser – Lara Talks About her Split With Leigh And Her New Man

The new ratings period is commencing so the pre-publicity is starting to kick off. This week in TV WEEK it is all about The Biggest Loser, and they have scored a coup with getting 2011 contestant, Lara Whalan, to talk about her break up with Leigh Westren.

The article states:

“[Leaving the show] was like coming out of jail – it was crazy,” she says.

With the pair on a high after their impressive weight loss, Lara assumed they would carry on as normal – but it seems Leigh had other plans.

“There was an incident after the finale,” Lara explains. “Leigh fell down some stairs and hit his head open (see photos of it here). So I went to the hospital and was with him until the next morning and then [the next night] he went back out, took his rock-star status with him and came home a single man.”

Upon reflection, Lara adds that she noticed a change in Leigh as soon as the cameras stopped rolling.

“I ended up seeing enough evidence that he was in his own world,” she says. Seeing the man she loved walk away from their relationship was touch.

“I wasn’t losing a boyfriend – I was losing a family,” Lara says of Leigh’s parents who when on the show with them.

And although most women in her position would be filled with anger and bitterness, it wasn’t the case for the NSW Central Coast girl.

“I wasn’t annoyed, but disappointed. You love someone through thick or thin. I loved Leigh when he was 130kg, and I’m sure the  girls who are after him now wouldn’t look at him twice at that weight,” she says.

Lara also revels that Leigh has expressed hopes of reuniting.

“Some days he’ll call me and say, ‘I want you back, I want us together again.’ But, for me, when the door is closed, it’s closed. You can’t go back when you’ve been hurt.”

Lara has moved on both job wise and relationship wise. She now works in a gym which appears to be helping her keep the weight off.

“I’m 72kg now. I’d like to lose a few more kilos, but not more than five, because this is me, this what I’m happy at,” she says.

Lara’s positive attitude has also helped her find love again!

“I met Andy at the gym – he’s amazing,” she gushes. “He used to be 140kg and he’s lost so much weight. It’s nice we can have the same motivation; we’re a good influence on each other.”

The couple plan to move back to the Central Coast together, and with her 26 year-old boyfriend already a father of two, it’s a path that Lara hopes she will walk down soon as well.

“I’m so excited by the thought of future plans,” she says. “If you asked me 12 months ago if I was going to be where I am now, not with Leigh, working in a gym. I’d be like, ‘No way.'”

So what next?

“I could be travelling on the other side of the world or I could be married with kids. I do hope to be married and settled down, because I’ve met a beautiful person,” she smiles.

 The Biggest Loser – Singles will start on Network TEN soon.


1 SEDI { 01.03.12 at 5:50 am }

This is why Biggest Loser Families needed to stay!! The drama was as thick as their body fat! What were TEN thinking?!?!

As you said RR, do we really want to watch ‘Fatties Fornicating’?? I really hope Excess Baggage is played at teh same time and kicks some BL butt, just to teach them a lesson!

2 smauge { 01.03.12 at 9:10 am }

Leigh’s an idiot. His loss.

3 TMC { 01.03.12 at 9:28 am }

After Losing all that fat Leigh ended up thinking via his fat

4 Reality Raver { 01.03.12 at 9:58 am }

Sedi – maybe they didn’t want to let the format get tired. It will be interesting to see if reality fans watch both weightloss show or only one of them. Can see them both cannabalising each other.

I note on Woman’s Day Michelle Bridges has fired off a publicity salvo by posing in her bikini. By the way I will put your blog on my blogroll.

Smauge – agree


5 Mel { 01.03.12 at 11:41 am }

I always thought that she would leave him tbh.

6 SEDI { 01.04.12 at 4:55 am }

@RR – ah awesome RR thanks for that! I dont see two weightloss shows working, BL gets tedious at times, and now just about anything with ‘celebrity’ rates its butt off.

7 ingrid { 01.10.12 at 2:41 pm }

It is Leigh’s loss – what a stupid thing to do. His “fame” has blown over pretty quickly. Lana seems like such a sweetie!

8 Adam { 03.05.12 at 2:21 pm }

Amazing everyone is quick to blame Leigh just cause Lara makes claims. same can be said for her, didnt take her long to hop in the sack again. Oh well always knew they werent gonna stay together, but putting all the blame on leigh is the typical female sexist way. shame.

9 Fatima { 03.08.12 at 5:03 pm }

I read in the new idea that she is preggos!!! The new guy she has hopped in to bed with was in a long term relationship… well that was until he cheated on the mother of his children with Lara…. Who now is living with him in the house he bought with his former partner… both losers if you ask me….

10 Ali { 03.10.12 at 3:59 am }

Fatima, I think you are the Loser for believing that trash.

11 Rob { 03.23.12 at 6:20 pm }

I Think That Leigh is all “hot” now and the fame got to him

12 iman { 03.29.13 at 11:16 am }

why would use breake up my heart is broken coz use teached me alot together don break up

13 Lara Hater { 04.19.13 at 5:41 pm }

Ali – Fatima is closer to the truth than you will know. Lara ia a home wrecker!!!! I have a VERY reliable source!

14 Aunty Bron { 04.25.13 at 11:48 pm }

Hi Lara, you are beautiful, smart, spunky, cheeky and fun; Always have been…
I hope your weight is a level, happy place for you xxx

AB xxx

15 Tanya Ward-robinson { 12.14.13 at 5:30 pm }

Leigh was an idiot. I hope Lara finds a man who loves her. What a cheek he had. Where were those women when he was bigger?
Hoping he wouldn’t sit next to them, that’s where. Better She found out how shallow he turned out to be, before she ended up marrying him. You’re beautiful Lara, and you deserve better.

16 Jamie { 03.09.14 at 11:30 pm }

Fatima, and larahater, u two are amazing! And yes very close to the truth!! Actually Fatima, hit the nail on the head!! Would love to get in touch with you both, as I have to know how u guys know this stuff!
Cheers, Jaime (clearly not my real name!! Lol)

17 zachary { 03.10.14 at 12:04 am }

Yeah Lara is no innocent at all. She broke up a family. And of you believe she didnt. YOU ARE THE IDIOT.

18 Anonymous { 03.10.14 at 1:33 am }

She was on the Blue team, but if this is true, she should have been on the Red team with Scarlet Lady Michelle Bridges whom she must have been role-modeling.

19 Jaime { 03.16.14 at 3:53 pm }

Zachary, ur amazing.