Brent Smith reveals how his girlfriend Teresa and his son Lyric Santana Smith changed his life
Brent Smith is the lead singer of the band ‘Shinedown’. He is a survivor of drug and alcohol addiction. He was insulted on national television for being obese, but his girlfriend Teresa and son Lyric Santana Smith helped him lose weight and aided in transforming his life drastically.
American singer-songwriter Brent Smith
Kathie Lee Gifford's Words Stung Brent Smith: Are they dating?
In 2009, Smith, along with his band, appeared on the ‘TODAY’ show, where the host Kathie Lee Gifford compared Smith to a meat loaf. Her word really hurt Smith and it stung him really hard.
Handsome American singer songwriter Brent Smith
To this, Smith said, “It really stung. I’m a fan of Meat Loaf but she wasn’t talking about a musical comparison. My heart kind of fell on the ground – it was like the performance didn’t even matter.”
Brent Smith's girlfriend Teresa always supported him
Smith’s girlfriend Teresa never left his side despite his bad days. In fact, it was Teresa who got Smith out of depression and helped him lose weight
image: Brent Smith and girlfriend Teresa
, “I'll never forget the day my girlfriend, Teresa, sat me down on the first of November last year and said, "Listen to me, I love you and I'm not going anywhere, but this lifestyle that you're leading is not going to work." She found me a trainer near our house and on Nov 6, I remember walking into that gym with a bit of a hangover.
He further added;
"It was a different feeling because I was in really bad shape. I'm 5 foot 8 and weighed 222. Teresa had told me it was time to get my life back. I felt like I'd been in a death spiral, and I realized I needed to be healthy and strong for my family. I have a 4-year-old boy, and he was a huge motivation, and so were the fans. I had an epiphany working out with my trainer that day, and I haven't had a drink since.”"
Soon to be married boyfriend and girlfriend: Brent Smith and Teresa Collier
Teresa took Smith to a trainer and this step eventually turned his life. Smith said that he felt like in a death spiral and he realized that he needed to be strong and healthy not only for himself but also for his family as well. Back then, he was a father to a four-year-old son, which was also one of his main motivation to lose weight.
The Reason Why Brent Smith's Weight Gained
Before gaining weight, Smith was addicted to cocaine, OxyContin, and alcohol. The coke and the Oxy kept his weight down, but later, he quit the opiates and started craving sugar. He still drank lot of alcohol, which eventually started adding pounds on his weight
Brent Smith- before and after losing weight
At present, Brent Smith is living a really healthy life. He is extremely conscious about his fitness and diet. He has gained the confidence that he lost once. Even though he is not married, he is not gay. His relationship with his girlfriend and son is also going really well. Thus, Teresa has a high chance of being his wife in future.