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Jax Taylor on Being Fat-Shamed by ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Fans: ‘Why Didn’t My Friends Tell Me … I Looked Disgusting’?

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Jax Taylor opened up about his relationship with his weight in the January 2019 issue of Men’s Health — and reveals Vanderpump Rules viewers had fat-shamed him.

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Surprisingly, the Bravo star was happy about the comments from Internet trolls. He recalled that in early 2017, one viewer had tweeted “Man, you got fat.” Rather than send clapbacks, Taylor used those types of remarks as motivation.

“I’m glad they did it,” he told the magazine. “I thought, ‘Why didn’t my friends tell me? Why didn’t my own girlfriend tell me this?’ I looked disgusting,” he told the magazine. “I was like a butterball. I was not lean. I didn’t have the chiseled look that I used to have. I was, like, this has got to stop.”

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When he was a model, the 6-foot reality star weighed 175 pounds. But four years after he began filming the series in 2013, he had gained 60 pounds, ballooning to a much heavier 235. As he explained, “I was eating more crap than I was working out. Postmates came out. I can order Doritos from my couch? Making a Murderer marathon is on? I’m not getting off of this couch. I’m going to eat everything in sight.” But the extra calories and sedentary lifestyle eventually caught up with him. “Then you wake up and you’re like, ‘What is that?’ That’s my belly,” he shared.

Now engaged to Brittany Cartwright, Taylor, 39 — who made many shocking revelations in the article — has worked hard to lose the extra weight. He’s even lost 30 pounds just since this spring. As he told Us Weekly in November, his upcoming wedding inspired weight loss: “When I look back in 20 years and I am fat, I can be like, ‘I was hot one day! To my kids.”

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Taylor also revealed Us that he and his fiance, 29, are working out together and doing “all kinds of stuff. Trying to eat better, jumping around to different classes around Hollywood. Just trying to live a better life, a healthier life.”

Indeed, Cartwright told Men’s Health the star, who now has a chiseled body complete with six-pack abs, has truly committed to a cleaner lifestyle. “He impresses me every single day. Not only by going to the gym and making healthier choices, but by seeing how happy and confident he is now,” she said. “We diet together and we have amazing cheat meals together. I think he looks so handsome and his dedication to me and to change is so sexy!”

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