With Tough Love Miami behind her, Michelle Betts has learned a lot of lessons about life and love. Since the show, Michelle has enjoyed a thriving fitness career as well as her newfound fame. She's also experienced love and heartbreak, all of which were portrayed during Tough Love Miami and the subsequent reunion show. Today, we caught up with Michelle to discuss how she's been since Tough Love Miami and her thoughts on love, life and her next steps.
1. On Tough Love Miami, we saw you move away from bad boys and go for a
good guy, Sam, who ended up hurting you before a reconciliation on the
Tough Love Miami reunion show. Where has the romance with Sam gone since
then? Is he still in the picture? If he's not, is there a new guy in
This is so ironic, and it hurts me to say that Sam, although
appeared to be a "good guy", is the worst kind of guy out there, he's
really a bad guy. He used me, the only reason he came back on the show
was for television purposes. As soon as the reunion aired, Dec. 18th,
the phones calls became fewer and fewer and he started avoiding a trip
due to working so much......something I heard before. The fact of the
matter is, he's pursuing an acting/modeling career in Miami, and never
really was interested in me. Yes, it hurt, but I actually bounced back
really fast, and although I regret meeting him, I do not regret the
show. I need to make it known that I do not hold Steve Ward, VH1, or
any part of the production responsible. He fooled them also.
was an amazing experience for me and I would do it all
over again. Steve Ward really helped me see exactly what I was doing
wrong, and why I was doing it. So, as of now, I am single in LA, and
most of all ready to meet a really good guy and have a healthy, happy
relationship. I'm actually inceredibly happy.
2. How has your life changed since Tough Love Miami? Do you get
recognized on the street? Has your blog, Michelle Betts Fitness Fanatic,
gotten more views? Has your personal training business gained a lot of
My life has changed DRASTICALLY since Tough Love Miami! I get
recognized all the time, my fans have been so kind, reaching out to me
and saying really wonderful things. I constantly get stopped for photos
and autographs. I have a public P.O. Box and when I checked it before
Christmas, I had so many cards and presents from fans. Its been such an
AMAZING experience and I am very grateful for my fans. I try and reach
out to all my fans as best as I can. My fitness blog hits have
skyrocketed, and I've gained many more fitness clients. I like that I
have been able to hopefully help a lot of people reach, or start to
reach their fitness goals; that makes me really happy. I also now,
because I have a show behind my belt, have been offered parts and have
had television execs, agents, people in the business seek me out, which
nice because in Hollywood, the hardest thing for me has been getting
in the door.
I do need to say also that through the show I have made such great
friends with so many of my castmates. I communicate with almost all of
them, I love them dearly, and Jane has become like family to me. I'm
so glad I went through this process with this amazing group of women.
3. If someone were to ask you if they should go on a future season of Tough Love, what would you tell them? Why?
If someone were to ask me if they should go on a future season of
Tough Love (which has happened), I would 100% say do it. Steve Ward
helped me in so many ways. Personally, I believe he is almost 100%
accurate in what he says regarding dating. I've used some of his tips
dating in LA...and they absolutely work. I would, however, caution
to not go into it thinking that the men would turn into a real
relationship, to do it as a learning experience.
You're much more than a reality star, so I want to address a topic
that's not about your appearance on TV, but about your career. If you
could only give people one piece of fitness advice, what would it be?
Would it be to work out frequently? Cut your calorie intake? Or
something else entirely?
If I could only give one fitness tip it would have to be to stay
consistent, to keep moving your body. Weather it be in the gym going
hard, or on a walk....movement gets results and, it only happens with
consistency over time. To not get discouraged. Losing weight is hard and
it doesn't happen overnight, but if you keep at it, and are
consistent, you will see results.
5. What's next for Michelle Betts? What are your future plans?
What's next for Michelle Betts? Well, I have A LOT in the works.
I'm currently pursuing a few other shows, and am pretty confident 2012
will bring me another. I also have finished a fitness book that is
currently being edited, I developed a resistance band that I would like
to launch by the end of the year, I was invited to be a fit fluential
ambassador, which is a great honor. I have my own boutique on:
TheLookstore.com and lots of meetings planned. I have an on-going fitness column in a Canadian Publication, On The Go, which is very exciting! So, let's just say I'm
not going away....there's lots more of Michelle Betts to come and I
want to always keep helping America with our obesity epidemic.
Good luck, Michelle! We wish you all the best. You deserve it!