Tess Holliday has revealed that she and her husband of five years, Nick Holliday, have split following the photographer’s move to his native Australia last year.
‘Looking for my Romeo or Juliet… or the non-gendered version of that, plz & ty,’ the pansexual fashion star added on her Instagram Stories on Monday while posting a whimsical photo of herself from a recent shoot.
Big news: Tess Holliday revealed that she has split from her husband Nick Holliday while sharing a topless selfie on Friday, writing: ‘Cut a boy off and my checks got bigger’
FYI: A few days later, the 35-year-old model posted on her Instagram Stories that she is looking for her ‘Romeo or Juliet… or the non-gendered version of that’
In July 2019, Tess came out as pansexual and said she would be open to a relationship with a woman. At the time, she was in a monogamous heterosexual marriage with Nick, who describes himself as a ‘queer dad’ on his Instagram bio.
The influencer alluded to problems in their relationship in an interview with Parents that was featured in the magazine’s January issue.
Tess shared that she and Nick were living apart, saying he had been ‘working on himself’ in his native Australia since September 2019. However, she declined to comment on their relationship status.
She vaguely referenced her marriage to Nick in a post about letting go, which she shared on Instagram in February.
Problems: Earlier this year, revealed in an interview that they were living apart, saying Nick has been ‘working on himself’ in his native Australia since September 2019
Happier times: Tess and Nick secretly wed in a Las Vegas chapel in 2015 (left), and he was frequently featured on her Instagram feed up (right) until a few years ago
Realization: In July 2019, Tess came out as queer and said she would be open to a relationship with a woman. At the time, she was in a monogamous heterosexual marriage with Nick
‘We are told to lower our expectations because fat bodies are viewed as undesirable and sub human, and we should be “lucky” to have someone find us attractive, and hell, if we are lucky, truly love us,’ she wrote.
‘So for me, love was always something foreign, and because of that I allowed people to treat me poorly because I didn’t fully know how to love myself.
‘I wish I could stand here tell you that loving myself was the only key, and from that point on, I never allowed anyone else to treat me poorly… but that’s not the case. I’m writing this as someone who is learning to let go of the life I had planned so I can make room for the life that’s waiting for me,’ she continued.
‘Self-love is a lifelong process, and I still have so much to learn. To recognize myself in the mirror again, to live loudly and unapologetically, to heal, and to share all of this with you all… to me, that’s what real self-love is.
Single mom: Tess and Nick share a four-year-old son Bowie. She enjoyed a family day with her son and a friend in September
Proud mom: Tess also has a 14-year-old son Rylee from a previous relationship (left). The mom recently shared a photo of Bowie getting ready for Halloween (right)
Hints: Tess vaguely referenced her marriage to Nick in a post about letting go, which she shared on Instagram in February
‘To be able to let go of something that was hurting me, and to be able to choose myself, that feels like a new love I’ve never experienced.’
The former couple met in 2012 after Nick reached out to Tess on Tumblr to tell her he loved her body-positive message.
They tied the knot at Las Vegas chapel on July 5, 2015, but she didn’t announce they were married until two years later, shocking many of her fans.
Tess and Nick share a four-year-old son Bowie, but he has also been a father figure to her 14-year-old son Rylee from a previous relationship.
Moving on: The model spent the Fourth of July — the eve of their five-year wedding anniversary — in California with friends
Claim to fame: Tess is an advocate for body positivity has more than 2.1 million Instagram followers
Keeping it real: Tess’ Instagram page is a mix of candid selfies and glamorous modeling shots
The cover star’s photographer husband has taken many of the racy candid snapshots featured on her Instagram, but he has been noticeably absent from her page in recent years.
Tess has been open about Nick’s personal struggles, and in 2017 she paid tribute to him on World Mental Health Day, praising him for breaking the stigma’ and speaking openly about his life with mental illness.
‘I’m not gonna lie, before we got together I didn’t know much about depression, BPD, or the numerous other things that so many people we love, live with every day,’ admitted Tess, who struggled with postnatal depression after the birth of her youngest son.
‘People who have mental illness aren’t failures,’ she added. ‘You are not lazy… You are not a burden…There is no shame in taking medication if you see fit… You are loved & YOU matter.’