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Obese woman who ‘gave up’ on love now engaged to fitness instructor half her size – World News

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An obese care worker who “gave up” on relationships has found love at last – with a fitness instructor half her size.

Brittany Jacques, 23, has always struggled with her self-confidence after previous partners told her to lose weight and slim down from her size 22 body.

Weighing 257lb, Brittany found it all the more difficult to deal with as her curves were something her ex-boyfriends told her had attracted them in the first place.

However, after telling herself she was going to throw in the towel on dating, the woman from Ontario, Canada, met personal trainer Matt Montgomery, also 23, on Facebook.

The pair got on really well from their first date and are now engaged. They say it was “love at first sight” but admit they still receive abuse for their 117lb difference in weight.

Brittany said: “We had both almost given up on dating when we started talking. We hit it off right away from the moment we met.

Brittany Jacques, 23, struggled with her self confidence after previous partners put pressure on her to lose weight

“I was a bit hesitant at first. I’ve been in relationships where guys have told me that they will dump me if I don’t start dieting or trying to lose weight.

“It did affect my self-confidence and at one point I did start working out and trying to change my size.

“But then I realised that if I did that I wouldn’t love myself anymore and I would be changing myself for someone else’s perception of beauty.

“I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to find someone who really loved me for who I am but after meeting Matt I couldn’t be happier.”

Despite their perfect relationship, the couple do face negativity from online trolls who suggest that they shouldn't be together
Despite their perfect relationship, the couple do face negativity from online trolls who suggest that they shouldn’t be together

Matt, who weighs 140lb, said he was attracted to Brittany’s body positive message almost straight away and that his previous relationships, with slimmer women, suffered because of their body insecurities.

He said: “I’ve been in previous relationships with skinny girls and they’ve not been happy in themselves at all.

“They weren’t positive people or they constantly felt like they needed to change things about themselves and it got me down too.

“When I met Britt she was so confident in her own body, I loved that about her, she doesn’t want to change anything and I would never ask her to.

The couple have dismissed suggestions that they can't love each other because of their size difference
The couple have dismissed suggestions that they can’t love each other because of their size difference

“I love food as well so that’s a plus I’m not worried about tracking her calories or dieting, I just want her to eat what she wants and be happy.”

The loved-up couple announced their engagement on Saturday, when Matt asked her to marry him in a candlelit snow-covered setting.

But the couple continue to receive negative comments from online trolls who say that they shouldn’t be together.

Matt added: “I do notice people staring when we walk down the street but most of the comments we have had have been online.

“People comment on Instagram and suggest that I’m not big enough or man enough for her.”

Now the couple are engaged and say it was love at first sight
Now the couple are engaged and say it was love at first sight

The couple say they want to see more mixed-weight relationships in the world and rubbished claims it won’t work because of their difference in size.

Brittany said: “I wish mixed weight relationships were more common and more in the norm.

“There’s definitely this misconception that a fat person and a skinny person can’t be properly intimate or do things like start a family but we’ve never had any issues.

“We feel so lucky to have met each other and it’s the happiest we’ve ever been.”

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