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.
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“[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.