Brittany Cartwright, one of the leading figures of Vanderpump Rules, recently shared her struggles with the pressure to shed weight after giving birth.
After openly admitting her post-baby body challenges, the reality star announced her collaboration as an official advocate for the weight control company Jenny Craig.
In a statement to People disclosing this news, she expressed:
“I aim to become the finest version of myself for my son. Since giving birth to Cruz, postpartum weight reduction has been an uphill battle, and it’s something I have openly discussed with my community.”
Cartwright aspires for this step to serve as the ultimate response to the individuals who commented on her postpartum physique last July.
While Cartwright takes pride in her appearance after giving birth, she expresses the desire to concentrate on her physical well-being beyond simply shedding pregnancy weight.
The reality star sets her sights on losing a minimum of 30 pounds through Jenny Craig’s Max Up program, which she commenced on New Year’s Day.
Who Is Brittany Cartwright?
Brittany Cartwright was unknown until she commenced a relationship with television personality Jax Taylor in 2015.
Originating from Kentucky, Cartwright embodied the quintessential all-American Southern girl.
Jax Taylor, a former model turned waiter at one of reality star Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants in 2013, became a part of her new reality series, Vanderpump Rules.
The Real Housewives alumna aimed to propel her career to the forefront of reality television and chronicle the challenges of the staff at SUR Restaurant and Lounge, Tom Tom Restaurant & Bar, and the Pump Restaurant in West Hollywood.
The show documents Vanderpump and her staff navigating the complexities of managing successful eateries, embroiling themselves in workplace drama, and pondering their place in the entertainment industry.
Vanderpump’s show heavily features employees from each restaurant, notably Katie, Kristen, Jax, Stassi, and Tom Sandoval.
Taylor swiftly became a beloved figure, and his relationship with Cartwright perfectly fit the type of reality television drama that has always enticed American audiences.
Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright
Cartwright first encountered Taylor between seasons 3 and 4 of Vanderpump Rules, and their relationship became a significant storyline in the early seasons of the show.
In a 2017 interview with Bravo, Cartwright recalled how she met her future spouse:
“We met in Vegas. He fell in love with me at first sight. He was with another girl, I took him away, and we’ve been together ever since.”
Cartwright worked as a server at Hooters when she suddenly transitioned into the reality television sphere, a change that brought about major highs and lows over the years.
Her relocation to Los Angeles was anticipated to be a fairytale, particularly after she swiftly formed bonds with other cast members and assimilated into the Vanderpump lifestyle.
Unfortunately, her life took a dramatic turn when Taylor engaged in an affair with Faith Stowers, a former SUR waitress, between seasons 5 and 6.
Addressing his infidelity, Taylor stated:
“I fell into a deep hole, and that occasionally transpires here. You become ensnared in this lifestyle.”
Taylor had no justification for his actions but hoped that he and Cartwright could move forward from the distressing episode.
He assumed complete responsibility for his unfaithfulness and acknowledged that he had no excuse for it.
“I’m loath to use [my father’s passing] as a rationale to pull myself together, [but] I don’t believe I would have done it unless something significant happened, something distressing needed to occur in my life, and it just so happened to be my father. He was pivotal in compelling me to say, ‘Enough’s enough.’ I feel like my dad guided my actions and was like, ‘This is how you’ll live the rest of your life as I envision it.’ I’m living every day—from now until I pass away—in the manner that my dad would.” he added.
A Joyous Reconciliation
Despite his betrayal, Cartwright forgave Taylor after much on-screen remorse.
He proposed to her less than a year after the incident while they were vacationing in Malibu.
When questioned about whether his sordid past would impact their marriage, Cartwright steadfastly defended Taylor.
“I witness him making efforts every single day, and he has completely altered the way he treats me, speaks to me, and listens to me. Every aspect of our relationship has improved.” Cartwright affirmed.
She was optimistic that he had atoned for his actions and viewed their next step together as a harbinger of better times ahead:
“I understand his strong desire for the wedding and his yearning to marry me, the effort he’s investing in the wedding, as much as I am. I don’t know, when you know someone as intimately as I know Jax, you can sense it.”
The couple tied the knot in June 2019 and have since welcomed their first child together.
Taylor was dismissed from the show following a series of racist incidents, a decision that neither he nor Cartwright opposed.
Fans of the show were unsurprised by the move, considering his tumultuous reputation over nine seasons.
Cartwright’s Stance on Critics of Her Body
Cartwright gave birth to their son, Cruz Michael Cauchi, on April 12, 2021.
She has been vocal about the negativity she has encountered on social media, with many targeting her post-pregnancy figure.
Through her new alliance, Cartwright hopes to support other new mothers who feel insecure about their weight gain, stating:
“It’s easy to compare ourselves to others. However, whenever I find myself overly concerned about this, I step back and remind myself that every person’s body is unique and inherently beautiful.”
“It’s natural that bodies change after childbirth. Whether you aim to shed weight post-pregnancy or not, remind yourself that you are strong and that your body belongs to you and you alone,” she reassured her followers.