Big Ed From ‘90 Day Fiancé’ Has Dropped Roughly 25 Pounds And Turned His Life Around
Oct 13, 2021 by apost team
The television series "90 Day Fiance" on TLC is a reality show that follows the lives of couples that have applied for, or received, a K-1 visa. This visa allows fiances of US citizens from other countries to move to America and marry their partners within 90 days. The show has been airing since 2014 and is currently on its eighth season. The series is so popular that there have also been numerous spin-off shows created as well.
One popular participant on the series is "Big Ed" Brown. Brown is from San Diego, California and was engaged to Rosemarie Vega from the Philippines. They appeared together in season four of "90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days." This spin-off showcases couples that have established a relationship online but have not yet met in person. Brown's season showed him traveling to the Philippines to meet Vega and her son for the first time.
Brown faced many challenges while on the show. His daughter, Tiffany, did not support his participation on the series and it caused a rift in their relationship. The man was bullied for his appearance and received many negative messages from viewers that he said made him cry. Brown and Vega also ultimately decided not to get married.
Now in 2021, Brown is doing much better and has even lost some weight. He uses the platform he has gained from "90 Day Fiance" to spread positivity, especially for other people who live with Klippel-Feil syndrome like he does. Keep reading to learn more and to see how Brown looks today.
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The disapproval of his daughter Tiffany was very hard for Brown. People quoted him saying, "My daughter and my ex-wife, they were '90 Day Fiancé' people. They watch every episode. So right away when I told my daughter, 'Hey I'm thinking about doing this show,' she's like 'You're an idiot.' And she hung up on me."
When Brown and Vega participated on the show, he was 54 and she was 23. "I never thought of her as this young girl," Brown said, referring to the age gap. "She just became this single mother that I wanted to help."
He continued, "The first conversation we had was, 'Look, Rose, I'm 54. I'm old enough to be your dad.' And she's like, 'Well you're actually one year older than my dad.' And I'm like 'Oh my god, so great let's just be friends.' And she's like 'No, age is just a number.' I'll never forget that. You know, age is just a number."
The age difference was just one challenge they faced and so the couple decided to part ways. The attention Brown gained from the show afterward was a mixed bag of positive and negative comments. Unfortunately, the rude messages he received about his appearance were not new to him.
"I was teased about my neck since I was 5 years old," Brown said. "People aren't comfortable when they see something that's not normal. But listen, you can also be different and embrace that, and not let it define who you are, and you can also laugh at yourself."
After all, the hateful messages Brown received were too much for him at times. In an interview with Channel24, Brown said, "I've felt a range of emotions from having anxiety to being elated and then being brought to tears by people's mean comments. People have body-shamed and bullied me to the point where it has made me cry."
However, Brown did get some positive comments from fans of the show as well. He shared with the news channel:
"I got a letter from a girl in South Africa, who is actually friends with Syngin from season 7 of 90 Day Fiance. She wrote to me saying that she is about to get married and she also has Klippel-Feil syndrome, which is when you're born with a shorter than average neck with limited movement and a bigger rib cage and shorter stature. I had been made fun of my whole life, and I told her what I've always told myself, and that is not for the condition to define you. God made you this way for a reason, and you're special in every way."
After receiving that letter, Brown focused on using his platform to help others. "I started sharing anti-bullying messages, and I've been able to create this positive platform which is something that I never thought that I would be able to do," he explained.
Another positive change that Brown has made in his life is his weight loss. He has been diligently exercising and posts his progress pictures to his Instagram account. In one video he shared: "I've lost about two and a half inches off my waist and I'm down about 23 and a half pounds. I gained a couple pounds back because I've been lifting a lot of weights." We think he looks incredible!
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