Ali Vincent, winner of The Biggest Loser in 2008, recently shared, in a very personal interview, the trigger behind her subsequent weight gain: the trauma she experienced after being sexually assaulted during a massage.
“I was getting a massage and I fell asleep, which I often do with massages,” she recalled, tearing up, on an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? that aired on Oct. 8. “And I felt so safe in this place. I had no guards up. And I woke up to… I woke up to someone feeling in my vagina. And I was just, like, in shock, like, ‘What is going on? What’s happening?’ And then I just jumped up and ran out. It just hit, and I was just sitting there in a bog … shaking.”
Vincent went on to explain that after the incident she got engaged to her now-wife and kept herself busy with wedding preparations “because I didn’t want to deal with what was coming up for me.” After her wedding, she got caught in a “mindless cycle of eating and drinking.” She soon found herself back at the weight she’d been when she first went on the Biggest Loser show and joined Weight Watchers. The assault, Vincent added, remains “something that I’m working on.”