Monday 14 October 2019

'I dropped two dress sizes after my boyfriend called me a balloon', says Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook
Kelly Brook
British model Kelly Brook poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
Kelly Brook (R) and Jeremy Parisi (L) pose upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
Kelly Brook during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Kelly Brook during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Kelly Brook (Ian West/PA)
A make-up free Kelly Brook and boyfriend Jeremy Parisi spotted shopping on Grafton Street carrying Brown Thomas bags
A make-up free Kelly Brook and boyfriend Jeremy Parisi spotted shopping on Grafton Street carrying Brown Thomas bags
Kelly Brook at the launch of the latest footwear collection, YOU by Skechers, in the Henry Street store. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kelly Brook said she was prompted to lose weight after her boyfriend called her a "little balloon" and her mother told her to "stop eating". Such harsh criticism can be interpreted as slightly troubling, but the model and actress said these comments were the impetus behind her weight loss, dropping from a size 16 to a 12.

The Piranha 3D star is also putting her new shape to financial use and has become the new face of Slim Fast.

"You can kind of get away with carrying the extra weight when you're on telly because you can put a baggy dress on but when I did my calendar shoot I really felt it," she told The Mirror, saying she was "at her heaviest" while shooting her 2019 calendar in March of this year.

"And I don't like feeling that way because I've always loved shooting my calendar but I just thought, 'Oh maybe I should hang up my bra and not do it anymore. I cannot even believe I got that big. I think my lifestyle just slowed down. I'm getting older and I was definitely eating more than I should do and the pounds were just gradually creeping up on me.

Kelly Brook (Ian West/PA)
Kelly Brook (Ian West/PA)

"It got to a point where I thought I don't want to approach 40 twice the size I was when I was 20 so I wanted to find a happy medium."

Brook has come under fire for admitting she edits her swimsuit shots on social media, blaming "bad angles" and "poor lighting" as her reason for tweaking the imagery. She is often maligned by trolls for her curves, but it was also her boyfriend of three years Jeremy Parisi, who was just as cruel when it came to comments about her weight. The couple are still together and she says her weight loss has improved their sex life.

"My boyfriend said I looked like a little balloon, it wasn’t just trolls it was him as well," she told The Sun.

"'I think when you lose weight you definitely do want to have more sex. It’s about body confidence, you’ve got more energy, you just feel so much better, it’s nice."

Earlier this year, she said Parisi "drags her out running" and said she doesn't "put pressure on myself" to look a certain way.

A make-up free Kelly Brook and boyfriend Jeremy Parisi spotted shopping on Grafton Street carrying Brown Thomas bags
A make-up free Kelly Brook and boyfriend Jeremy Parisi spotted shopping on Grafton Street carrying Brown Thomas bags

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