‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’: Why Did Whitney Way Thore and Lennie Alehat Break Up?

My Big Fat Fabulous Life is a very popular reality TV show, and it’s pretty different from some past reality shows. For that reason, it’s gotten pretty popular over the years, especially as the body positivity movement has grown. Whitney Way Thore, the star of the show, is a great representative of this movement, and the show diverges from other reality shows that pushed sometimes unhealthy forms of weight loss.

The show follows Thore’s personal life, and therefore, there is also a focus on her romantic life. Early on in the show, Thore was dating a man named Lennie Alehat — why did the couple break up?

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Who is Whitney Way Thore?

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In 2014, Whitney Way Thore was working as a producer for a radio show in North Carolina. At this time, she also weighed over 350 pounds, due to a medical condition she had: polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a syndrome that many people with uteri live with, and it causes many symptoms and often leads to weight gain. Thore, however, was passionate about dancing, and kept up with it, releasing a series of videos called “Fat Girl Dances.” These videos got popular, and TLC picked up Thore for a reality series: My Big Fat Fabulous Life.

My Big Fat Fabulous Life follows Thore through her life: it shows how she maintains her passion for dancing, how she deals with negativity, her efforts to maintain her health, and, of course, her romantic relationships. Over the years, she’s had a few different relationships, and the people she’s dated have become public figures. Her first public partner was Lennie Alehat, and she had a brief relationship with a man named Avi Lang. Most recently, she was engaged to a man named Chase Severino, but the engagement was broken off due to a pregnancy.

Who is Lennie Alehat?

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Lennie Alehat dated Thore until 2016. Alehat is an artist, who posts his art on social media and takes a commission for his work. It seems that the two have an amicable relationship after their break up, and when Alehat was in the media in 2018 and receiving public flack, Thore spoke positively about him.

Alehat appeared on the MTV show Catfish, which centers around finding people who are posing under fake identities online. A woman named Chelsea believed herself to be talking to Alehat online, but the hosts of the show were skeptical, and some of the man’s behavior was a little suspicious. However, when they reached out to Alehat himself, he confirmed he was talking to Chelsea for real.

Why did Whitney Way Thore and Lennie Alehat break up?

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Thore seems to have bad luck with men. The details of why Thore and Alehat broke up are unclear, and Thore has not gone into detail about what happened. However, according to The Sun, there was a cheating scandal, which increased the tensions that led to the couple breaking up. On top of that, at the end of the relationship, Thore had a pregnancy scare, which created even more tension. But the two have managed to work past these tensions. Even though they likely will not get back together, they remain friends. It’s good to see that the drama of reality TV didn’t lead to a serious falling out for these two.