But now, in an episode of Australian Story covering Michelle’s meteoric rise to fame, ‘Building Bridges’, the pair has revealed how their love blossomed for the first time. Unsurprisingly, it all took place on Ten’s hit weight-loss series The Biggest Loser, where the couple met.
“For a long time, making season after season of The Biggest Loser, we were just friends. It was more of a communication connection that drew us together in that sense rather than anything physical,” the Commando told producers.
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“The thing about Michelle that got my attention was her willingness to listen and you could sit for minutes, hours and just talk and she would be like a sounding board.”
The marriages of both Bridges and Willis disintegrated in 2013. In their shared struggle to pick up the pieces of their broken personal lives, Bridges says she and Willis “came together at a time when we were both kind of raw and thinking ‘Wow, what is happening with our relationships?'”
Gossip magazines speculated at the time they got together that Willis had left his wife Froso not long after the birth of their son, Jack, to be with Bridges. When the new couple announced their pregnancy in July last year, a source told the publication: “It’s a kick in the guts for Fros,” adding, “It was always her worst fear that they would start a family together, giving him less time with the kids than he already has.”