Al­i­son Braun finds love

The Big­gest Loser star opens up about her late hus­band, 10 years af­ter he trag­i­cally took his life

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

Al­i­son Braun be­came a house­hold name in 2008, as the lov­able mother-ofthree bat­tling it out as a con­tes­tant on sea­son three of The Big­gest Loser. Even­tu­ally plac­ing as run­ner-up to uni stu­dent Sam Rouen, Al­i­son, now 49, shed an amaz­ing 55kg, and had the en­tire na­tion in­spired by her in­cred­i­ble trans­for­ma­tion.

How­ever, that same year Al­i­son trag­i­cally lost her hus­band Robert, a min­ing op­er­a­tions man­ager, af­ter he took his life fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with de­pres­sion.

“It was a big strug­gle for me and there have been many ups and downs – 2008 was both the best and the worst year of my life,’’ Al­i­son said at the time.

Ten years on, Al­i­son and her chil­dren Jay­don, Bethany and Is­abella are more united than ever. Her “lit­tle war­riors”, as Al­i­son af­fec­tion­ately calls them, are “choos­ing to never be de­fined by sad­ness and choose to live their life daily with kind­ness and grat­i­tude”.

And last week, Al­i­son took to so­cial me­dia to hon­our her late hus­band in a heart-filled state­ment ded­i­cated to the legacy he left be­hind.

“Ten years ago to­day you chose to say good­bye to us all. You have missed 10 birth­days, 10 Christ­mases, a 21st, two 18ths, a sweet 16th, grad­u­a­tions, a wed­ding, so many mo­ments a daddy should have been there to see,” the post read.

Jay­don, 26, Bethany, 19, and Is­abella, 15, were all young kids at the time of Robert’s death, but now Al­i­son says, “They have learned to re­mem­ber the good and cher­ish each day. They have learned from the hard times and have enor­mous grat­i­tude for all they have.”

Al­i­son’s jour­ney has come full cir­cle a decade later – she has even found love again, with her new part­ner Alan, who she cred­its for lov­ing her in a way she never thought was pos­si­ble.

Tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to de­clare her love, Al­i­son says, “He is a quiet man, he might not even see this post. How­ever I’m hon­oured to say he loves me.”

These days Al­i­son is us­ing her hus­band’s tragedy to spread aware­ness about men­tal health and sui­cide. “If you’re read­ing this and your days are dark, please know there’s hope and help. Be­lieve you can get through an­other day,” the for­mer re­al­ity star shared.

‘Re­mem­ber the good and cher­ish each day’

The kids more than 10 years ago with their dad.

Al­i­son says her chil­dren have “learned from the hard times and have enor­mous grat­i­tude for all they have”.

Al­i­son came run­ner-up, los­ing 55kg.

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