Whitney Way Thore Opened up about Hurting after Split from Fiancé Chase Severino — inside Her Personal Life

"My Big Fat Fabulous Life" star Whitney Way Thore opened up about her breakup with fiancé Chase Severino, just nine months after his romantic proposal in Paris.

It looked as if "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" reality star Whitney Way Thore had found The One. She was in love, and her beau Chase Severino popped the question in the city of love itself -- Paris -- in October 2019.

But now, Severino has announced he is expecting a baby with another woman, and Thore is dealing with the pain of the end of a dream.

One of the problems reality stars face in opening up their lives to the public is that when the inevitable problems we all go though surface, their pain is out there, a public spectacle for all to comment and feast on

Whitney Way Thore (R) at the 3rd annual theCURVYcon during New York Fashion Week in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Whitney Way Thore (R) at the 3rd annual theCURVYcon during New York Fashion Week in 2017 | Source: Getty Images


It all started in early 2019 when Thore's business partner in the fitness program NoBS Active introduced her to an old college buddy, Chase Severino.

The attraction was immediate, and after a whirlwind romance, Severino famously proposed in the most romantic setting imaginable with the "MBFFL" camera crew in attendance. But the romantic glow quickly wore off.


It appears that shortly after the engagement, the couple went through a rocky patch, and even though their engagement was still on, they spent some time apart. During that time, Severino met up with an old flame. In May 2020, Thore revealed:

"After experiencing a lot of ups and downs and still living apart, Chase reconnected with a woman with whom he has had a long history." 


Thore called off the engagement when rumors about her relationship with Severino started to surface. She announced on Instagram:

“This is a really weird and uncomfortable thing to have to ‘announce’ on social media, but as I (...) hear more rumors, I figured it was time. Chase and I are no longer engaged.”

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I know today is technically the last day of #pride (and I’m just kind of coming back to life + the internet after a long break), but being proud of the 🌈 community is something I celebrate all year long. It was hard not to be able to celebrate this year, but I was not about to let these pride outfits for Neeshi + me go to waste! I’m proud to be an ally. I’m proud of my LGBTQIA+ friends and followers. I’m grateful that I have freedom to love whoever I want and the freedom for that to change. I’m grateful for the amazing people this community has raised and the joy that this community has brought to my own life — and I’m happy that this community is represented on #MyBigFatFabLife and loved by so many! ❤️🧡💛Pride is a protest.💚💙💜

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Soon, Thore revealed that Severino's "slip" had resulted in a pregnancy and that her ex-fiancé would become a father in October 2020 -- exactly a year after he proposed to her. Infidelity during a break in the relationship might have been something they could work through, but not pregnancy.


One of the problems reality stars face in opening up their lives to the public is that when the inevitable problems we all go though surface, their pain is out there, a public spectacle for all to comment and feast on. Thore admitted:

“It’s difficult for strangers to have such strong opinions about something so personal (..) it doesn’t really make the day-to-day much easier.”

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Hey y’all. It’s me, Babs. 👯‍♀️

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Many of Thore's fans have been very vocal in their support, and some have lashed out at Severino. But for Thore, resentment is an impediment to healing. She appealed to her followers:

“I’m not interested in anything hateful being directed toward anyone. I would ask for privacy for all involved as we move on and focus on the future.”

Thore admits that she opened up about the reasons for the breakup to avoid the inevitable scandal that hiding the truth would occasion once it was out -- as it would be once the baby was born. The truth, Thore confesses, was a preventive strike against hurtful gossip. She said:

“I’m hurting and all of that just compounds it. I’m looking forward to a more positive future.”


Thore was going through it all alone as she self-isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but for the last month, her BFF Buddy Bell has been with her. Thore confided:

"He grocery shops and cooks and it’s been great not to be physically alone during this time since I’m not able to see my family and other friends.”

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Just wanted to take a minute to publicly thank all the healthcare workers and those with essential jobs who continue to go to work and keep us well — and who allow people like me to have a super easy time staying at home! @rtalfish works as a clinical mental health counselor at a treatment center and is caring for people daily during this time. My dad is still working as his company prints labels and packaging for pharmaceutical companies. My time at home has been spent cleaning, organizing, taking care of my mom, getting to know my new dog, cuddling with the cats, cooking, watching Poirot and Sherlock Holmes...it’s been equal parts relaxing and productive and this is such a PRIVILEGE! Sending love to everyone who is far more affected financially, health-wise, and stress wise than me. And THANK YOU for your hard work and the risks you’re taking to keep this world running.

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As for Severino, he's posted his announcement on Instagram, in which he shares his excitement over the impending birth of his child, and expresses his enduring affection and respect for Thore.

Like Thore, Severino appealed to the fans to respect their privacy in a difficult personal moment. As for the identity of the mother of his baby, it is to remain a secret, at least until their child is born.

Hopefully, Thore will bounce back from the blow with the help of her fans, friends, and family, and of course, Buddy Bell.

Fans of "MBFFL" will remember that Thore and Bell had a brief hook-up some time back, and maybe sharing lockdown will lead to a blossoming of their attraction.

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