Whitney Way Thore, star of the TLC reality series, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, had a pretty public relationship with bar manager Chase Severino. That is before they called it quits in May 2020.
But first, let’s rewind. After fans of the show watched Whitney meet, fall in love with, and get engaged to Chase, they thought she had finally found her happy ending. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as Whitney had just moved from Greensboro, N.C. to Charlotte, giving her a fresh start and the opportunity to start a new fitness company with Chase’s friend, Ryan Andreas. Speaking of Ryan, he was the one who had introduced the couple in the first place. Although Chase is based in Wilmington (it’s about a 4-hour drive from Charlotte), things seemed to be on an upswing for the reality star.
Unfortunately for Whitney, the fairytale twist did not last, and the couple broke off their engagement due to a pretty wild reason. The drama of the situation has led to speculation surrounding the relationship, with some fans wondering whether the whole romance was a publicity stunt for the series, as Showbiz Cheat Sheet noted. Season 7 of the show will premiere Nov. 10, 2020, on TLC and will address the breakup in more detail, People reported. For now, here is everything we know about Whitney Way Thore and Chase Severino’s relationship, as well as why it ended.
Distance put a wedge between Whitney and Chase
Whitney Way Thore, the reality star most famous for her body positivity, met Chase Severino through her business partner, Ryan Andreas. The couple had a whirlwind romance and got engaged on Oct. 9, 2019, during a trip to Paris, according to People. Everything was smooth sailing at first, and Whitney was excited to marry Chase. “Chase and I are so excited to officially announce our engagement and even more excited for My Big Fat Fabulous Life viewers to share this happiness with us,” she told People at the time.
Things took a turn for the worse when Chase was unable to move to Greensboro, N.C., where Whitney was living during the coronavirus pandemic. Being apart was difficult for the couple, and during this time, Chase allegedly cheated on Whitney with a woman from his past. The supposed affair resulted in a pregnancy, per People. After learning this news, Whitney ended the engagement. In a post on Instagram announcing the split, she said, “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. Chase recently told me this information and the fact that it had resulted in a pregnancy. Chase will be a father in October.”
Although she would have liked to grieve the relationship in private, she felt it was best to be fully open about the split to move on. “A baby isn’t something that can remain private in the future,” she told People.
Did Whitney and Chase fake their romance?
A few months after his engagement with Whitney Way Thore ended, Chase Severino became a father to a daughter, Aurora Joyce, in September 2020, per OK! Magazine. In an Instagram post of him holding his newborn, Chase said, “You scared me, little one, coming so early but what a blessing you turned out to be. I always rolled my eyes and laughed at the prospect of fatherhood before but as cliche as it sounds you’re the world to me now.”
The bar manager also addressed the breakup from Whitney on Instagram, saying (via People), “I have nothing but love and respect for Whitney and our time together. Thank you for always supporting us. As we now go our separate ways, I ask for privacy for Whitney, myself, and the mother of my child who wishes to remain anonymous.”
Although Chase and Whitney seem to be on OK terms, there’s still drama surrounding the breakup, as many fans think the two faked the romance for ratings. The supposed evidence? For starters, some found it odd that the couple never moved in together, with some speculating that it was because Chase had a full life in Wilmington — including a longtime girlfriend. The relationship also seemed a bit rushed and random to a few viewers, with one person tweeting, “It was a storyline. [Chase] is in a long-term relationship with his gf & after spending Christmas & New Year’s together they got pregnant… it [sic] ok as Whitney knew all along.” Hmm.
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