Whitney Way Thore breaks down in tears as she details the heartbreaking moment she learned her ex-fiancé Chase Severino was having a child with another woman.
In a preview clip from Tuesday’s episode of the TLC series My Big Fat Fabulous Life that was shared by People, the 36-year-old opens up about their breakup on camera for the first time.
‘I’m not really sure how to say it. Some major s**t went down,’ Whitney says in her confessional, explaining that she knew something was wrong because Chase was insistent that he needed to see her while she was quarantining in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Hard: Whitney Way Thore, 36, breaks down in tears as she opens up about her breakup with her ex-fiancé Chase Severino on camera for the first time on My Big Fat Fabulous Life
Ouch: Chase (pictured with Whitney) confessed to the reality star over the phone that he had cheated on her and was having a baby with another
‘A few weeks into the stay-at-home order, Chase was basically like, begging to come to Charlotte, and I told him no because my mom was quarantining with me, and he was still working his construction job, so that didn’t make me feel safe,’ she says.
‘And he was really insistent, and I think you know when someone is that way, you know that something is wrong, and so I just told him he needed to tell me whatever he had to tell me.’
Whitney is struggling to hold back tears as she recalls how her ex told her everything while they were on the phone.
‘Basically, he said that he had slept with somebody, and it’s someone that I know of, like they’ve been involved before. And she was pregnant. She is pregnant. Apparently she didn’t tell him for a few months,’ she explains. ‘So yeah. That’s what he had to tell me.’
After getting through what she needed to say, Whitney grabs tissues and starts sobbing with her head in her hands.
Painful: In a preview clip, she struggles to hold back tears as she recalls how Chase begged to visit her in Charlotte, North Carolina, when she was in quarantine
Ending: Whitney explains that she could tell something was wrong and insisted that he tell her what he had to say over the phone
The show resumed filming after the breakup, and the clip briefly shows the star being comforted by her friend Buddy Bell.
Whitney told People that the period after she had learned that Chase had been unfaithful and was about to become a dad was ‘the hardest period of my life that I can remember.’
‘For about five months, I was just a disaster,’ she admitted. ‘I was crying every day. I had Buddy with me, and I honestly couldn’t function without him. He fed me every day. He did my laundry, walked my dog, fed my animals. I mean, just literally did everything for me.’
Chase welcomed his daughter, Aurora Joyce ‘AJ’ Severino, in September, proudly sharing photos of himself cradling his first child on Instagram.
‘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,’ he wrote.
‘From the moment I saw you my eyes teared up and I instantly fell in love. It’s crazy going from having yourself as number one to putting someone else there. I guess one can change. I’m happy to welcome you into the world, Aurora Joyce Severino. I love you with all my heart.’
Proud dad: Chase welcomed his daughter, Aurora Joyce ‘AJ’ Severino, in September
All smiles: Chase celebrated is daughter turning three months old on Sunday
Whitney told People the baby’s arrival and the in-person conversation she had with Chase about their breakup has helped her find closure and will be a part of the reality show’s new season.
‘It wasn’t easy for me, but I can objectively feel happiness for him,’ she said. ‘And I think that means that I’ve healed a lot.’
Whitney first announced their split on Instagram in May, revealing that Chase had reconnected with a woman from his past and ‘it had resulted in a pregnancy.’
‘Hey y’all. This is a really weird and uncomfortable thing to have to “announce” on social media, but as I get more questions and hear more rumors, I figured it was time. Chase and I are no longer engaged,’ she wrote.
‘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,’ she continued. ‘Chase recently told me this information and the fact that it had resulted in a pregnancy. Chase will be a father in October.
‘I’m not interested in anything hateful being directed toward anyone. I would ask for privacy for all involved as we move on and focus on the future.’
Happier times: The former couple got engaged in Paris in October 2019, but there happiness didn’t last
Devastating: Whitney first announced their split on Instagram in May, revealing that Chase had reconnected with a woman from his past and ‘it had resulted in a pregnancy’
Chase also reported the news on his own Instagram page with a more concise post.
‘I don’t even know where/how to start,’ he shared. ‘I am very excited to announce I am expecting a child in the fall. Please see Whitney’s post for details.
‘I have nothing but love and respect for Whitney and our time together,’ he added. ‘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.’
On both posts, the pair disabled comments.
Whitney and Chase’s entire romance was chronicled on the reality show after she was introduced to him through her NoBS Active business partner Ryan Andreas.
Chase asked for Whitney’s hand in marriage at the top of the Eiffel Tower in October 2019, but they managed to keep the news under wraps for two months.
The pair unveiled the dreamy moment on the seventh season of My Big Fat Fabulous Life, but the current eighth season chronicles the end of their relationship.