A single mum who lost more than eight stone after meeting pop idol Robbie Williams is now back on the dating scene.
Bonnie Stainer admitted she would eat whatever she wanted and considered quitting her career as a DJ because she had lost her confidence.
But her life – and body – was transformed after Stoke-on-Trent-born Robbie brought her up onto stage during a concert in 2017.
She has dropped from 16.5 stone at her heaviest to around eight stone after exercising six days a week.
Her career as a model is also now taking off.
And she even received a pep talk from Robbie, who grew up in Tunstall and Burslem, via an ‘Instagram Live’ last Christmas to encourage her to look for love.
Now the mother-of-two, who is a huge Robbie fan, has taken part in an online-virtual blind date after being contacted by entertainment website LadBible.
Bonnie said she used to ‘hide’ at home prior to losing the weight as she hated the way she looked.
She said: “I hadn’t been overweight until I fell pregnant with my first child.
“I just ate literally whatever I was not meant to, which I enjoyed at the time, but I piled on the pounds. The last time I weighed myself I was 16.5st.
“After I gave birth I tried to lose the weight and feel like me again, but within six months I was pregnant with my second daughter and it happened all over again.
“I have been a DJ for a few years but lost all my confidence and was so close to jacking it in and working in supermarket.”
Bonnie had been suffering with anxiety for a long period of time due to her appearance.
She said: “I used to go to work and come straight home, I’d never go out as I hated the way I looked.
“I started the weight-loss journey but mentally I was still really sad.
“There was this Robbie Williams concert in Coventry that all my friends were going to.
“I wasn’t even supposed to go but my friends dragged me.”
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During the concert, the Port Vale fan led Bonnie out of the crowd and took her up onto the stage.
Bonnie said: “He just hugged me and told me everything would be okay.
“I don’t know how he knew how I was feeling but it’s like he just did.
“Robbie reassuring me really was a turning point in this weight-loss journey, after that I thought I’ve just got to sort this out.”
Bonnie now sticks to a strict exercise and diet regime to ensure the pounds don’t creep back on.
She said: “I workout six days a week and try to rest one day a week but I’m still active running around after the kids. Sometimes I get up at 6am and do 30 minutes on the cross trainer wearing 27 kilos of weights.
“People think that sounds a lot but I was carrying a lot more than that when I was overweight.
“I also go to the gym, run and I have two horses so I enjoy horse riding. Sometimes I do look at my cross trainer and think I can’t be bothered, then all I do is just think about what I’m trying to achieve and after I’ve done it I feel so much better.
“My goals have changed along the way but what I want now is to keep my DJ career going and the modelling. Luckily both go hand in hand, and I just want to be happy and healthy.
“People may assume I’m big headed because of my success recently, but I’m the most down to earth person and no one is more shocked than me how well things are going.”
Bonnie has since taken part in TV show Take Me Out hosted by comedian Paddy Mcguiness as well as reaching the final for a Top Model Contest.
Unsure about returning to the dating scene, Bonnie said: “I’m a single mum and I’ve not done anything like this in a really long time.
“It’s been such a long time and I’ve been on a major weight loss journey of losing around 100lbs, I just never got the confidence back.”
However, the inspirational mother who has over 20,000 Instagram followers, took the plunge to take part in a virtual blind-date hosted by LadBible who collaborated with Just Eat UK.
Bonnie added: “With the UK being in lockdown I didn’t even think about dating.
“I just thought right I’ll throw myself in the deep end and do it.
“I was coupled up with a guy called Sam and our date lasted for around an hour.”
The pair had to order a meal for one another, not an easy task when you’ve never met.
Bonnie said: “I ordered him a lamb curry, a naan and all the trimmings. He ordered my meal from some fast food place.
“I had a burger, chips, onion rings and cheesy bites!”
Bonnie added: “I don’t know what will happen next.
“Sam was lovely, kind and and funny, and while there isn’t a romance blossoming I’m so pleased I’ve done it.
“If nothing I know I’ve made a good friend.”
The pair have since spoken via social media.
Bonnie finishes: “Sam has made me realise that maybe I can return to the dating scene again.”
Click here to watch the virtual blind date.