April 01, 2010 01:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
Stephanie Anderson found a lot more than a svelte figure as a contestant onÂ NBC‘sÂ The Biggest Loser.Â She also found love. During her time on the ranch, she met and fell in love with her co-star (and competitor) Sam. This week, the new couple was put to the test when they both fell below the yellow line resulting in Stephanie’s elimination. Now, Steph opens up about how she found love with Sam and whether tensions have been resolved with his cousin, Koli…
Like every contestant onÂ NBC‘sÂ The Biggest Loser, Stephanie Anderson joined the show in hopes of losing weight and getting her life back. Fortunately for her, she ended up falling in love in the process! She was barely on the ranch when things started developing with fellow competitor, Sam. “There was definitely a flirtation very early on and we became friends and started hanging out and working out….I always felt that he pushed me to be better. We just had fun together. It was about week three that….Sam and I were just talking and I was like, ‘I really like this guy but I donâ€™t want to mess things up. Weâ€™re having so much fun as friends.’ Once I realized that I really genuinely liked him, I just decided to let my guard down,” Stephanie tells PEOPLE magazine.
Fans ofÂ NBC‘sÂ The Biggest Loser might be surprised to learn that a romance was developing between the pair since there was never any mention of it on the show. Stephanie’s not surprised that the producers decided not to show their blossoming relationship and she’s a bit relieved about it. “They donâ€™t showcase a romance because that truly isnâ€™t what this show is about. Itâ€™s about our efforts and about our transformations, and about our overcoming obstacles, so we were aware that they werenâ€™t going to showcase Sam and I. Obviously in the beginningâ€“ as a woman whoâ€™s never been in love â€” I was happy that they werenâ€™t going to show it because itâ€™s very personal,” Stephanie says, before adding, “Iâ€™m happy now to share with everyone because I am genuinely and truly the happiest Iâ€™ve ever been.”
One of the biggest surprises came on Tuesday night’s episode ofÂ NBC‘sÂ The Biggest Loser when Sam’s cousin, Koli, badmouthed Stephanie to other contestants, including her close friends, Andrea and Ashley, which most likely led to her elimination. “The situation came to light just recently. Watching the show was one of the first times I saw what was happening behind the scenes with Koli and with the girls,” Stephanie says. Fortunately, the issue with the ladies has been resolved. “Ashley and Andrea have both called to reach out to me and apologize. They both have said they were wrong and that they were sorry and theyâ€™re genuine apologies,” Steph says. But as for the issue with Koli, she states, “it hasnâ€™t been resolved. Iâ€™m definitely looking forward to a chance to have that resolved in the future.”
It looks like they most certainly will have the opportunity to resolve their issues in the future since Stephanie is still very much in love with his cousin, Sam. The couple’s relationship has grown stronger since Stephanie left the ranch. “When we get the chance to hang out, we love hiking â€” that became a passion of both of ours. Iâ€™ve found a new love for the outdoors. I like to be outside with Sam. We love spin class. We just like laughing. That sounds so clichÃ© but I have a blast with Sam â€¦ Heâ€™s a genuinely great guy,” she says.