Season One of TLC’s reality series “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” closes up shop Friday, after dropping a bombshell last week.
West Virginia couple Annie and Josh, engaged to be married, revealed they are cousins. A relative then chimed in that the family “believes in incest.” In fact, the family expressed frustration not that the couple were blood relatives, but that they were living together pre-marriage.
In gypsy culture, apparently, incest is acceptable but “living in sin” is frowned upon.
“(Outside the gypsy community) people think its incest and we’re disgusting, but I don’t mind,” Annie told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “If I was going to live a life based on what people say about me, I would just stay in the house.”
Another featured gypsy, Nettie, said that everyone is treated with the same level of respect, regardless of whether they are in a relationship with a relative or not.
“Some marry cousins, we don’t treat them differently. They are family and we love them,” she said. “We would never treat them badly.”
The show’s stars add that they also embrace traditional values and distinct gender roles.
“We don’t believe in sleeping with men before we are married,” Annie explained. “The woman’s role in a gypsy family is to stay home, take care of kids, clean, get your nails done, and take care of duties at home. The kids, especially the girls, are learning to clean the house and parents are very strict on them. Growing up I was not allowed to stay at friends’ houses even when I was 15 or 16 years old, I was not allowed to go to parties or have a boyfriend or do anything. I just cleaned the house.”
Nettie continued that the “normal age for a girl to get married is between 16 and 18,” and that females are allowed fewer freedoms than their male counterparts.
“It is just the way we were brought up,” she insisted. “A girl has more at risk with her reputation than a boy does. A girl has to go a little further than a guy to protect her reputation. A girl is to be looked at as a decent young girl, where a boy can do whatever and nobody is going to look at him in a bad way.”
In the finale episode this week, Nettie and her husband J.R., who eloped as teenagers, are attempting to make it up to their somewhat disgruntled family 14 years a later, with J.R. buying his wife the biggest wedding dress in West Virginia.
The season finale of “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” airs on Friday, June 17 at 10/9c on TLC.
Danielle Jones-Wesley contributed to this report.
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Beyonce looking great 10 weeks after giving birth.
It’s hard to believe that Beyonce gave birth just 10 weeks ago. The songstress had jaws on the floor at a New York fundraiser for President Obama this week, flaunting her flab-free figure in a body-hugging blue dress.
Beyonce joins the likes of Victoria Beckham, Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie and Bethenny Frankel; celebrity moms famous for showing off miracle post-partum slim downs.
But according to multiple industry insiders and experts, celebrities don’t always pop the pregnancy pounds the way they say they do. There is often a lot more than yoga and a low sodium diet going on behind the scenes.
“A lot of celebrities resort to very extreme methods to drop the baby weight. I highly doubt most celebrities are losing weight the healthy way,” Dr. Carson Liu, certified bariatric and gastrointestinal surgeon, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “There is a tremendous amount of pressure on Hollywood mommies to lose weight. They’re not viable again until they lose the weight. It’s expected of them.”
One well-placed entertainment industry figure said it’s not uncommon for stars to starve themselves or undergo a quick liposuction session in an effort to squeeze back into their size zero designer jeans. Another said new Hollywood mommies routinely partake in fat grafting in particular to re-shape their bodies.
Otherwise known as “fat transfer,” this process involves surgically removing fat from one area of the body with micro-liposuctioning methods and transplanting it to another.
“Many women find that their post-pregnancy bodies are unresponsive to diet and exercise and A-list celebs who are under pressure to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back virtually overnight. I often remove fat from the abdominal region and transfer it to the buttocks to augment and return the fullness and roundness to the derriere,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta. “This is a great option for women looking to remove stretch marks – and re-contour and flatten the stomach.”
A great option if you have $13,000 to spare.
Another source said celebrities also manipulate their breast feeding programs to lose weight.
“Most of them pump all day and night to ensure the weight falls off, exclusive of any pain,” the insider said. “Celebs have great bottle pumping facilities too. And it works.”
Out source said some stars even use their placentas to boost after-birth weight loss efforts. Known as the “HCG Diet” (human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women), it involves combing daily injections with a low-calorie diet. According it the HCG Diet Info website, it alerts the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that affects metabolism, to mobilize fat stores.
“HCG has been shown to promote colon cancer when used for extended periods of time, and the HCG diet calls for 500 calories a day. This is extreme and dangerous for any woman – let alone a woman who is probably breastfeeding and needs sufficient calories for both herself and her baby,” explained Dr. Liu. “HCG is too extreme and too dangerous.”
We reached out to several distributors of HCG, however none responded to a request for comment.
According to multiple sources, many new movie moms turn to prescription medications like Phentermine, Adderal and/or Xenical which are known to be potent appetite suppressants, to whittle their middles in the blink of an eye. And Tosca Reno, author of the best-selling “Eat Clean Diet,” said high-profile people are notorious for turning to extremes detox diets like the Master Cleanse, which involves consuming nothing but water flavored with maple syrup and cayenne pepper for days on end.
“The trouble with some of these quick fixes is the tremendous nutritional upset these attempts at weight loss can cause, particularly with electrolyte imbalance, protein catabolism and even metabolic interruption,” she noted.
Above all, Liu said it’s critical for average, non-celebrity moms to realize that post-pregnancy weight loss isn’t as easy and doesn’t happen as quickly as many Tinseltown types make it seem.
“The healthiest way is to watch what you eat, breastfeed if you are able, and exercise for an hour a day,” he advises. “For new moms, it also important that they get sleep to lose weight. This can be very difficult for the average, non-celebrity mom. Average women don’t have nannies at their disposal who will change the diaper or feed the baby in the middle of the night. Celebs probably lose weight faster because they’re getting a full night’s sleep.”