‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ Star Buddy Bell Has a New Woman in His Life


Feb. 23 2021, Updated 4:01 p.m. ET

On TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Whitney Thore was surprised to find out that best friend Buddy Bell was in a relationship with Brittany Sherman, but are Buddy and Brittany still together now?

Well, it certainly doesn’t look like it! Buddy seems to have a new lady in his life, a woman named Courtney Renee Marsh. And Courtney already has Whitney’s seal of approval! 

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Buddy shocked Whitney with his relationship with Brittany on 'My Big Fat Fabulous Life.'

When Buddy mentioned he had a girlfriend in the Dec. 22 episode of the TLC show, “Sex, Lies and Sandwiches,” Whitney — who, at the time, had just broken up with Chase Severino — couldn't believe it.

“From who?” she asked, astounded.

“From who? From the Lord!” Buddy quipped.

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Whitney was even more incredulous when Buddy said he and Brittany were in a relationship after just a week of dating.

“Somehow, some way, during my heartsick stupor, Buddy has managed to find himself a whole-ass girlfriend during a pandemic,” she said in a confessional. “How do you find a girlfriend during a pandemic and I don’t even know?”

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Buddy Bell started dating Courtney in November 2020.

Buddy’s relationship with Brittany made headlines in June 2020. However, as viewers found out on My Big Fat Fabulous Life, their relationship only lasted a few weeks before they split.

And by November 2020, Courtney had already entered his life. She popped up on Buddy’s Instagram account on Nov. 10, when he uploaded a slideshow of photos of the two of them and added a smiling-with-hearts emoji. Whitney commented on the pic, writing, “She’s hot and nice.”

Five days later, he posted a video of Courtney squishing his face with her hands. “#sundaymorningfunnies,” he wrote alongside the cute clip.

On Nov. 21, Buddy shared a “#datenight” pic of himself and Courtney at The Table Farmhouse Bakery in Asheboro, N.C. “Beauty and the goof!” he wrote in the caption.

And on Dec. 24, he posted pictures of himself and Courtney posing next to their Christmas tree. “Santa was good to me this year!” he wrote.

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Source: Instagram

Courtney’s Instagram is set to private — and her Twitter account is mostly empty save for a tweet about how she resembles Lady A singer Hillary Scott — but she does have a public Instagram account for her French bulldog, Scout. (Buddy recently posted a video of Scout barking, captioning the clip, “Please keep your distance. We don’t play.”)

Fast-forward to February 2021, and it looks like Buddy and Courtney are still going strong.

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Source: Instagram

Buddy had other good news in 2020: He hit three years of sobriety.

It’s not just a new relationship giving Buddy a reason to smile these days. In July 2020, he revealed that he was three years sober. 

“I thought that a life without drugs and alcohol wouldn’t be a life worth living, but I’ve learned otherwise,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. This recovery thing is the s--t. I have the best friends in the world, and I can finally hold my head up high. If you’re struggling, Google ’12-step groups near me.’ There are people there who cannot wait to hear from you. Love!”

Whitney celebrated the occasion, too, writing, “Happy sober birthday! Love you!” Buddy responded to the sweet comment, writing, “Thanks home slice!”

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