UPDATE 10/6/10: While shooting the upcoming “Where are they Now,” set to air during Biggest Loser 10, Sam proposed to Stephanie, and she said yes! (via E!)
Most people don’t arrive at the Biggest Loser ranch looking for love, they’re looking for a solution to their weight loss woes. However, cupid has descended upon that famous weight loss oasis a few times and delivered lasting relationships. In fact, Biggest Loser has a much better track record in the match-making department than The Bachelor. Examples include Matt and Suzy from season two and most recently Antoine and Alexandra from season eight.
For season nine, the love bug has taken a bite of Sam‘s and Stephanie‘s hearts, and they confess they are dating. In fact, the adorable duo has been flirting since they were in the final stages of casting, and made it “official” around week three.
“It slowly moved its way into hand-holding. It was very elementary-style, especially in this environment. I at least wanted to give her a kiss goodnight and make that first move. And I got denied!,” recalls Sam. Stephanie says she immediately regretted not accepting the kiss and knew she would have to initiate. “So officially, our first kiss was me kissing him. That was week three,” says Stephanie.
Word quickly spread around the ranch and everyone from fellow contestants to trainers knew about the budding romance, which resulted in some friendly teasing.
The couple is excited about progressing their relationship off the ranch and in to the real world, where they say Sam plans to move from his home in Rohnert Park, CA to be closer to Stephanie in West Hollywood. “It feels like there’s so much promise in our future,” says Sam.