‘I HELPED MEL GIB­SON LOSE 14KG’

New Idea - - Celeb Newsflash - By Jac­qui Lang

EE very morn­ing at 5am, Perth moth­erof-two Saman­tha Jack­son wakes to a se­ries of text mes­sages from su­per­star Mel Gib­son in the US. In an un­usual twist of fate, the health coach met the Brave­heart ac­tor in a Syd­ney restau­rant in June, and now Sam dis­penses daily ad­vice to keep him fit and trim. “We swap about 30 texts a day and Face­time a cou­ple of times a week,” ex­plains the for­mer cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tive. The 64-year-old ac­tor cred­its Sam – who he calls by her nick­name Mighty Mouse – with help­ing him lose an im­pres­sive 14kg. “Mighty Mouse, I don’t have time to work out to­day. That OK?” Mel’s text mes­sage might read.

To which Sam’s re­ply is some­thing like: “Not OK. Get on the tread­mill!”

And her meth­ods work: in just eight weeks, the Os­car win­ner has been trans­formed into a much sleeker, health­ier ver­sion of him­self.

“He’s thrilled the weight is off. He’s lost 27cm around his belly,” says Sam, 45, who’s banned cream from Mel’s morn­ing cof­fee and got him to bin the but­ter he used to fry his steaks in.

The way Sam met Mel just four months ago reads like a film script. Mel was sit­ting at the ta­ble next to Sam, her hus­band Martin and some friends. Sam’s friend went over to say hi and brought Mel back to their ta­ble. Soon the star was hap­pily chat­ting as they tucked into pizza and salad.

“He was very easy­go­ing and en­ter­tain­ing. We sat there for hours, talk­ing un­til about 2am.

“Then in the early hours, Mel tapped his gut and said, ‘I just can’t get rid of this mid­dle-aged spread. I’ve tried ev­ery­thing and it sim­ply can’t be done,’” Guild­ford-based Sam re­calls.

“I replied, ‘No, it can be done. Give me eight weeks and I’ll get rid of that gut!’”

The star snorted, “What are you, a nutri­tion­ist or some­thing?”

“Yeah, I am,” Sam fired back. “I can teach you how to eat prop­erly.”

“I know how to eat prop­erly,” Mel re­sponded.

“Bull---t,” was Sam’s earthy re­sponse. “If you did, would we be hav­ing this con­ver­sa­tion now?” That si­lenced the act­ing heavy­weight, who then gave Sam his phone num­ber and took her de­tails.

“I was blunt be­cause I thought, ‘I’ve got noth­ing to lose, I’m prob­a­bly never go­ing to see this per­son again’ and I cer­tainly wasn’t in­tim­i­dated,” Sam re­flects. “I thought, ‘You’re just an­other bloke, you’ve proved it by sit­ting with us, laugh­ing and telling some funny sto­ries.’”

Three days later, a text pinged through: “Hey Mighty Mouse, what are you go­ing to do about my gut?” Mel had writ­ten.

“We spoke for two hours, and I took notes of all his di­etary habits. I asked him, ‘What made you reach out?’ And he said, ‘you made sense, you called me out, and on the plane home to LA, all I could hear was your voice in my head say­ing you can do it!’” she says, laugh­ing.

“I told him, ‘I have no in­ter­est in who you are and what you do for a liv­ing, my fo­cus is get­ting you healthy. You need to trust me and if you stuff up, tell me!’”

The father of nine, who lives with part­ner Ros­alind Ross, 28, and their baby son Lars, does all his own cook­ing. Soon Sam had de­vised a di­etary plan for her client, ex­plain­ing, “Mel wasn’t eat­ing bad food, just too much of it.” She also tweaked his ex­er­cise reg­i­men to mostly swim­ming, walk­ing, and cy­cling. Within weeks Mel had shed the weight and ad­mit­ted he’d not felt this healthy in years. He’s so happy, in fact, he’s pub­licly singing Sam’s praises in a joint video that’s been posted on so­cial me­dia. With her busi­ness al­ready get­ting busier, she’s now con­sid­er­ing a move to the US.

“I’ve never been in­tim­i­dated that he’s a star, I’ve al­ways thought, you’re just a dude who needs some help,” ex­plains Sam, ad­ding, “I’m now his health coach for life. My job is to keep him feel­ing his best so he’s able to keep feel­ing great every day. I’m just so thank­ful we bumped into each other that night.”

Mel, here in The Bounty in 1984, has seen his body ex­pand with his bad diet choices. The Os­car- win­ning ac­tor has lost 14kg and is much fit­ter af­ter just a few short months fol­low­ing Sam’s in­struc­tions via text mes­sage. BE­FORE AF­TER A PERTH HEALTH COACH GOT THE HOL­LY­WOOD STAR TO SHAPE UP – ONE TEXT MES­SAGE AT A TIME

NEW IDEA EX­CLU­SIVE Perth mum Sam has found her­self Mel Gib­son’s health coach for life af­ter meet­ing him in a restau­rant.

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