“Comfys on and chill”, wrote Kayleigh Boase on SnapChat. She posted a photo of her in some lounge wear, snuggling in her stripy socks.
But personal trainer Jowan Townsend-Trahair (very Cornish name, that), decided to mock her “belly” on the app.
“That belly,” he said, with two flat-face emojis. Kayleigh replied with some laughing faces. “You still training?” Jowan asked.
Kayleigh, from Penzance, Cornwall, explained that she hadn’t been doing much “cardio or core”, only to be told that she “used to be so sexy” and that it was a “shame” she had apparently put on weight.
Kayleigh posted the exchange on
Somewhat enraged, the personal care assistant, 24, decided to post on Facebook a screenshot of her conversation, along with the original picture. Jowan was not viewed with much admiration.
“Idiots like this are what causes people to have eating disorders,” Kayleigh said in her post. “Only an insecure bloke would try to belittle a woman. So screw you, I’m happy that’s all that matters!”
Kayleigh was met with a flood of support.
Ross Millar wrote: “The fact he’s a PT [personal trainer[ as well is shocking! Part of the job is to make people feel better about themselves! Donut.”
Chantelle Lamorna Gribble added: “No one should judge anyone’s body. If the person is happy then leave them be. You have a good body.
“These people make me so mad. He’s also meant to be a personal trainer? How would anyone want to train with him when he’s judging people’s weight? I would never train with someone who does things like that.”
Leah Louise Woolfenden wrote: “What a bell***”, while Dean Morris commented: “That boy’s a c***.”
Mirror Online caught up with Jowan
Speaking to Cornwall Live , Kayleigh said: “It p***** me off. I just think if it was said to someone more sensitive, they could have been really upset and taken a real offence to it.
“It’s so easy these days for someone to make that comment and it stick with them, constantly thinking it over and doubting themselves.”
Jowan told the paper: “For the record I wasn’t ‘body shaming’ anybody. I have already apologised to Kayleigh. This is funny af [as f***] but for now I’m busy bro’ so peace out.”
I also contacted Kayleigh and Jowan. The personal trainer responded almost immediately. He said things.
“I haven’t body shamed anybody,” he told Mirror Online . “I made a joke towards a girl I’ve known for ten years [they went to the same school]. If she doesn’t have a sense of humour how is that my fault?”
Jowan then asked me: “Do you lift bro?”
Yes I do. A quick glance of my Facebook profile picture would have told him that. Although, indeed, I explained that I do not lift to the same extent as he clearly does. He has what many would describe as ‘guns’.
He replied: “At least you try pal. Gains are life. You do realise I know this whole thing is b******. Now if you’ll excuse me I have a client at 2 and need to get ready. Take care brother. #fitfam”
I kindly reminded him to not skip leg day.
“I don’t,” he said. “I used to, but not anymore”.