Chanelle: “I’ve gained 3st – but I’m con­fi­dent what­ever my size”

As she yo-yos back to a size 18, mum-of-two Chanelle Hayes in­sists she’s happy with her curves but vows to slim next year for the sake of her health

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Daisy Mclure

At the start of the A year, Chanelle Hayes vowed to get a “re­venge body” when her part­ner Ryan Oates left her just weeks af­ter she’d given birth to their son Frankie.

By the sum­mer, she seemed well on her way to reach­ing her size 10 goal, post­ing a pic­ture in July of her­self in skinny jeans and a plung­ing top, along­side one of her from April, look­ing dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent. She even told fans she was “buzzing” over her weight loss, in­sist­ing that “slow and steady wins the race.”

How­ever, the for­mer Big Brother star – who’s on hol­i­day in Spain – was pic­tured last week in a bikini look­ing curvier again. And pals say that af­ter her ini­tial suc­cess with her diet, she “wanted to en­joy life in­stead” and the pounds have slowly crept back on.

A close friend of the 31 year old tells Closer, “Chanelle had been on the Celebrity Slim diet of meal re­place­ment shakes and was re­ally try­ing to lose weight, but she found it quite in­tense and strug­gled. She didn’t want a diet to dic­tate her life so started to re­lax it a lit­tle as she wanted to en­joy her­self and have a homely pasta dish or a cheese sand­wich and crisps if she wanted them. She says she’s now a size 18, but she’s adamant she’d rather be happy than deny her­self simple plea­sures.”

The pal adds, “She’d got down to a size 12-14 over the sum­mer and was re­ally pleased. But she’s got a young fam­ily and, like many mums, she says she falls into the trap of snack­ing on the kids’ food. She’ll take a bit from what they’ve left on their plates, then en­joy some snacks.

“If she’s had a bad night with the boys, she’ll be tired, and says she craves sug­ary treats for en­ergy. Chanelle ad­mits she’s around 15st now but she’s not let­ting it get her down. She’s shaped up be­fore and says she can do it again and will focus more in the new year.”


Shortly af­ter 5ft 3 Chanelle gave birth to Frankie in Au­gust 2017, she told Closer that she was 16st and was fo­cused on los­ing 4st so that she could be a “size 10 bride.” But weeks later, her mar­riage plans were de­railed when Ryan left her just two months af­ter their son was born – lead­ing Chanelle to pledge that she would achieve a size 10 “re­venge body” to “show Ryan

what he was miss­ing.”

And her friends say Chanelle – who is also mum to son Blakely, eight, with foot­baller ex Matthew Bates – is still de­ter­mined to achieve her goal in 2019.

The pal adds, “She won’t be­gin her health kick un­til the new year, and says it will be eas­ier then as lots of peo­ple will be do­ing the same.


“For now, she’s happy to just en­joy the run-up to Christ­mas with the boys and in­dulge if she wants to. She’s happy with her body as it is, and knows there’s noth­ing wrong with how she looks – de­spite what she trolls might say. She’s just too fo­cused on her kids to let any­thing get her down. She’s had some health prob­lems in the past, but she’s not go­ing to pun­ish her­self – hap­pi­ness comes first.”

Chanelle – who ap­peared in Big Brother in 2007 and be­came fa­mous as a skinny Vic­to­ria Beck­ham looka­like – has bat­tled a se­ries of health is­sues in­clud­ing di­a­betes and, at one point, was pre­scribed painkillers due to her weight putting pres­sure on her joints.

In March last year, she dis­cov­ered she was preg­nant with “mir­a­cle” baby Frankie, just months af­ter doc­tors told her that her weight had made it “ba­si­cally im­pos­si­ble” to con­ceive. How­ever, the preg­nancy was plagued with is­sues due to her be­ing classed as obese and plac­ing her in the high­est risk bracket. She was left “up­set and re­ally con­cerned” when doc­tors told her that she could de­velop ges­ta­tional di­a­betes, which can lead to com­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing pre­ma­ture labour and pre-eclamp­sia. And Chanelle told Closer that she felt “guilty” and “re­gret­ted be­ing un­healthy” enough to risk her un­born child’s life.

Thank­fully, Frankie was de­liv­ered safely and she and PE teacher Ryan re­vealed they were “over the moon.”

The friend adds, “Af­ter all the health com­pli­ca­tions, she re­ally does want to slim down. But she’s not ob­sessed about her weight, like she was in her Big Brother days, as her chil­dren are her pri­or­ity. Her goal is sim­ply to be happy and healthy.”

She was pic­tured in March this year af­ter drop­ping two dress sizes

As a toned size 10 in 2014

With her boys Blakely and Frankie

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