Fans of My Big Fat Fabulous Life were heartbroken over the end of yet another of Whitney Thore's relationships, this time with someone she almost walked down the aisle with. The reality star was engaged to Chase Severino and in the midst of planning her wedding when the couple broke off their engagement after Chase impregnated another woman.
But as we move into Season 9 of the series, Whitney is ready for love again — and she might have found it with her French tutor.
Whitney Thore has a new French boyfriend.
At the start of Season 9 of My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Whitney revealed that she was in a good place following her split from Chase. When the new season began filming, it had been nearly a year since Chase cheated, and she's more than ready to find love again. In fact, she was hopeful that she'd already found it.
“I got on this language exchange platform and met a dude,” Whitney announced on My Big Fat Fabulous Life.
“I have met a French man who lives in France. … He is in his thirties, but he is younger than me. He’s a graphic designer. He’s filled up a lot of my time and become, just like, a friend, I almost feel like a good friend. I mean, we’ve been talking for probably almost five months now," she explained in a confessional.
This French man, whose name she was careful not to say, has been bringing up some feelings for her that she hasn't had in a while. “For the first time since Chase, I have started to feel some little inklings, yearnings, growlings, buzzings, something,” she said.
Although she didn’t seem ready to put the boyfriend label on him then, she did admit that she had a “crush” on her mystery man.
The news wasn't a complete shock to Whitney's fans, as the 37-year-old previously shared photos of him on her Instagram — well, sort of. Whitney posted a carousel of four photos of herself alongside her new beau in France, where she appears to have spent several weeks of her summer. However, she blocked out his face on every one of them.
"I’ve always had a sorta love/mostly hate relationship with social media, but after the last year, it’s grown even more complicated. So — when your French man says he values his privacy but you still wanna share him, this is what social media gets," she wrote. Since then, Whitney has shared more images of her and her man, but she always censors his face. And if fans were hoping that they'd see who he really is on this season of My Big Fat Fabulous Life, they're going to be disappointed.
Is Whitney's French tutor boyfriend going to be on 'My Big Fat Fabulous Life'?
Throughout this season, Whitney's new boyfriend will appear. In fact, her finding love again will be a central theme in Season 9. But as we already saw with the first episode of the season, he's opted to continue censoring his image on the show. As Whitney shared, he likes his privacy — although the online hate that Chase received after cheating on Whitney may have helped him make his decision to stay censored.
"It wasn't my decision, it was his. I mean, he was the one who wanted his identity to stay private. But I think it was a good decision because I think I would have been very anxious," Whitney told People. "And I know that I didn't make Chase's decisions for him, but nobody deserves the kinds of things that he had to go through and the kind of things that people said to him. Nobody deserves that period. I don't want that part happening to anyone ever again."
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