A 257lb care worker who gave up on relationships after ex-boyfriends told her to diet or be dumped has finally found love with a man half her size.
Brittany Jacques, 23, struggled with her self confidence after previous partners put pressure on her to lose weight from her size 22 physique – despite the fact that her curves were something that had initially attracted them to her.
But after almost giving up, the singleton from Ontario, Canada, met personal trainer, Matt Montgomery, 23, on Facebook in August and hit it off straight away
True love: 257lb care worker Brittany Jacques, 23, has revealed how she found love with fitness trainer Matt Montogmery, also 23, after years of being dumped because of her size
Size doesn’t matter: The couple met on Facebook in August, and Matt, who weighs 140lbs, says he was immediately attracted to Brittany’s confidence and positive attitude
Now the couple are engaged and say it was love at first sight – even though they’re regularly taunted for their 117lb weight difference online
Brit said: ‘We had both almost given up on dating when we started talking. We hit it off right away from the moment we met.
‘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 realized that if I did that I wouldn’t love myself anymore and I would be changing myself for someone else’s perception of beauty.
Overcoming obstacles: The couple admit that they are regularly taunted online over their size difference, but they insist that weight doesn’t matter to them
Proud: Matt says that he loves how much more confident and body-positive Brittany is than any of the skinny women he has dated in the past
Positive outlook: ‘I’ve been in previous relationships with skinny girls and they’ve not been happy in themselves at all,’ he said
‘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.’
Instantly attracted to Brit’s self-confidence and body positive message, Matt revealed that his previous relationships with skinnier women had been littered with problems because of their body insecurities.
At a candlelit snow covered scene in the countryside near their home, 140lb Matt popped the question to Brit on Saturday.
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.
Surprise! On Saturday, Matt popped the question to Brittany after just five months together
Encouragement: Matt says he loves food, and would never encourage Brittany to restrict her calories, or force her to lose weight
Hitting back: ‘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,’ Brittany said
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.
‘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.’
But despite their perfect relationship, the couple do face negativity from online trolls who suggest that they shouldn’t be together.
Matt said: ‘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.’
But the couple have dismissed suggestions that they can’t love each other because of their size difference and insist they want to see more mixed weight relationships normalized.
Brit 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.’