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'The Biggest Loser's Rebecca Meyer gushes about Daniel Wright


By Christopher Rocchio, 11/19/2009 

Rebecca Meyer signed up for The Biggest Loser to shed weight and not to find love -- however she ended up doing both.

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"I didn't go into the ranch expecting to fall in love -- not at all. I just expected maybe to lose some weight. But I got so much more," Meyer told reporters during a Wednesday conference call.

Meyer became the eleventh contestant eliminated from The Biggest Loser's eighth season during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality competition.

In addition to losing weight, learning to live a healthier lifestyle and making life-long friends, Meyer revealed during a Tuesday appearance on The Jay Leno Show that she's currently dating fellow contestant Daniel Wright.

"Daniel and I, it was important for me because I really did fall in love with my best friend. We became friends. We became like that person, each other's go to person for whatever," she told reporters.

"To be completely honest, if we would have met somewhere like at restaurant or a club I don't think that we maybe would have even been friends, let alone fallen in love. Not that we're both interesting and fun people, it's just we're kind of different. But in The Biggest Loser scenario we didn't like each other all that well in the beginning and went from not liking each other to becoming friends, to becoming best friends."

Meyer said she and Wright "started getting close around" the third week of the competition during "long walks."

"Daniel and I would go for walks around the mile just to finish some burn, and just talk because I'm a night owl. And we just got really close," she explained, adding the cast's trip to Washington D.C. was a "turning point" in their "friendship."

"We spent a lot of time together, when he and I became best friends. Not that it lessened [Amanda Arlauskas] and I's friendship. It just was Daniel was there for me for a lot of stuff and I didn't have to explain it at all to him, and he just understood because he was going through the same things as I was."

Meyer said her close communication with Wright "wasn't for the camera" and continued to blossom once filming was over.

"After we both left the show and came home, we realized that we wanted to spend hours on the phone talking to each other. I then in turn fell in love with my best friend. And so I mean I just don't think that this sort of would have happened the way that it happened, if things wouldn't have progressed on the show," she said.

"We're definitely there for each other emotionally, mentally, and physically on the ranch at this very raw state of our lives, and it's just both a key part of each other's journey."

Specifically, Meyer said he relationship intensified after a few weeks of "constantly talking."

"The next couple days of us being together, I could tell at certain times I thought he was going to kiss me. And I just stopped him on a walk and I looked at him and like, 'You can't kiss me.' And he's like, 'What?' And I'm like, 'You can't -- not until I know.' I was like, 'I have to know.' And he's like, 'Okay,'" explained Meyer.

"He's just a true gentleman and respects it. And I'm really glad that we waited that next couple of weeks because then we were able to talk and I was able to realize that I was falling in love with my best friend."

Meyer added her "vision of perfect is falling in love" with her best friend and "making it real and not for anybody else's reasons" but her own.

"Then September 11 at 3:00 AM, I said, 'How do you tell your best friend that you're love with him?' And he's just like, 'I'm in love with your Rebecca.' And I'm like, 'I love you,'" she told reporters.

Since she's in Iowa and he's in North Carolina, Meyer said the long-distance relationship was "very tough" at first.

"Initially that was the reason why we weren't going to do it. When he first told me he had feelings for me, I was like, 'I can't do long distance. I don't want to do this.' I had a lot of emotional and intimacy barriers up. Didn't want to have to be in a relationship, let alone a long distance one," she said.

"But then I was like, 'Really? Am I going to stop something that like could potentially change my life forever, just because of, you know, 17-and-a-half hours?' Yes, that's how long it takes to drive to see each other. But we had both decided that we're not going to be in our respective states forever, and so the long distance won't be permanent, I'll just say that."

While they've been traveling to see each other every few weeks, Meyer said there's currently no plan in place for either to relocate.

"I'm definitely not moving to North Carolina. And Iowa is not a place that we both want to be right now," she said.

"We're not real sure about what we want to do or where we want to go. We know that we would like to figure it out together. And that after the finale, the world is sort of our oyster and we get to sort of figure it out. There really is no definitive plans yet. We just know that we want to be closer to each other."

Meyer has previously stated she was more than upset by her The Biggest Loser ouster, and she explained to reporters it was partly because she never anticipated it -- ever.

"Being eliminated was something that I never even fathomed happening. When we were ever interviewed about whether or not I though I was going to be below the yellow line or was going to go home -- I just never even put it in my mind," she said.

"So I haven't even wrapped my mind around the fact that I was being eliminated."

She added that was what made it so difficult when Rudy Pauls cast the deciding vote against her and said it was based on a lack of trust with her.

"Having someone who I called friend and who I looked up to in some ways, [he] had this opinion about me that was completely out of left field," she said. "So that was probably the hardest thing to hear."

Meyer said she and Pauls were "friend on the ranch" and "are friends now" -- which is why it "was very difficult for me to accept his excuses for wanting to vote me off."

"I was a huge threat in the game. My percentage has always been one of the top percentages -- and I'm not saying that to be cocky -- it's just blatant facts. And they knew that I was a threat," she explained.

Despite the fact that they've "buried the hatchet," Meyer said it's still emotional to think about Pauls citing her lack of trust and honesty.

"I don't really ever think I'll actually quite understand. I just wish that he would have been completely honest. Instead it was just about the game, and I respect that," she said.

"But when they were just saying I was dishonest, I'm like, I have been the most honest person here -- laid all of my cards out. And so it's just sort of still a little confusing, but we'll be friends and he's was always sort of that person for me. He was like that big brother that you never really knew."

Meyer also commented on Liz Young, who used her 24-year age advantage over Meyer as a bargaining chip to stay in the competition.

"I think that people will say anything to stay on the ranch," said Meyer.

"My 25 years of life got me 279 pounds. Her almost 50 years of life got her to 257 pounds. So for her to say that her journey is somehow more important than mine, I didn't respect that.  But I mean it's like I said -- people are going to fight to be there and I'm glad that she actually fought for herself. That's what I wanted her to do the whole time, but not at the expense of my journey. But it is what it is."

(Photo credit NBC)


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