1000-Lb. Sisters star Tammy Slaton announced that she married Caleb Willingham in November 2022. Sadly, Caleb died on June 30, 2023, at the age of 40. Now, fans will watch Tammy pay her respects to her late husband.
Who Was Tammy Slaton’s Husband, Caleb Willingham?
Caleb was a patient at the same weight loss treatment center that Tammy was living at in Ohio. The couple met after Tammy entered the rehab facility for her food addiction in November 2021.
Tammy was initially set to go home but due to a serious trach infection, her stay was extended against her wishes — however, it was during that time she got to know Caleb.
Caleb had been at the facility for nearly a year, but Tammy explained during the March 7 episode that he was just “starting to come out of his room ‘cause he had health issues.”
Caleb later admitted his best friend’s wife found the reality TV star on social media and it was motivation to get serious about his own health.
“Not just about you, but about this place, in general,” he told her during a later scene. “Just hearing about how well somebody was able to. I said, ‘Hey, I can do this too.’”
In her own confessional, Tammy admitted it “might be a tad bit stalker-ish but I ain’t mad at him.”
When Did Tammy Slaton Get Engaged to Caleb Willingham?
“So today, I decided I’d set up a little something for Tammy,” Caleb said in a confessional during the March 7, 2023, episode. “I’m rounding everyone up — our friends, even the staff — and at this point she knows something’s up because why is she in the parking lot? She starts shaking a little bit and turning red and doing everything that’s absolutely adorable to me about her.”
In the scene, Caleb proposed to Tammy outside of the rehab facility they stayed in.
“So, it’s just been a short time, but I know without a doubt you are the most beautiful, amazing wonderful person I’ve ever known. Will you marry me?” he said to Tammy before sliding a ring on her finger.
Prior to his death, Caleb reportedly planned to move to Kentucky with Tammy when he was able to leave the rehab facility.
When Did Tammy Slaton Marry Caleb Willingham?
On November 20, 2022, Tammy confirmed to People that she married Caleb at Windsor Lane Rehabilitation Center in Ohio.
“You all knew me as Tammy Slaton, but now you’ll all know me as Mrs. Tammy Willingham,” she said at the time. “I’m married now!”
She later told the publication that the wedding day itself was “perfect.” “There was so much love in the room,” Tammy said.
Did Fans Get to Watch Tammy Slaton and Caleb Willingham’s Wedding?
Tammy and Caleb’s love story, wedding planning process and ceremony was documented on season 4 of 1000-Lb. Sisters, which premiered in January 2023. Fans were able to watch the big day unfold during the season finale which aired on March 21, 2023.
The network took to Instagram on November 20, 2022, to congratulate the newlyweds on their nuptials, teasing that the wedding will be featured on the show.
“Congratulations are in order! Tammy Slaton has tied the knot with beau Caleb Willingham,” the caption read alongside photos of the couple at their wedding. Tammy looked beautiful in her white dress and tiara, while Caleb dressed up for the occasion in a black shirt and brown suspenders.
The post also included a snap of the bride with her sister Amy Slaton. The women happily smiled for the occasion as they leaned into each other.
How Did Marriage Affect Tammy’s Weight Loss Journey?
As for the dynamics of their marriage, Tammy previously said the pair “support each other wholeheartedly” in their respective weight loss journeys.
“When he’s having issues with wanting to eat because he’s bored or because he’s an emotional eater, he comes to me and we talk about the situation,” Tammy told Us Weekly in February 2023. “It’s the same for me and I talk to him. We talk about our issues and why we feel this way. We are true partners.”
The YouTube personality also gushed that her late husband treated her “so different” than any other person she had been with, adding, “He truly was a godsend [through my weight-loss efforts].”
What Did Tammy’s Sister Amy Slaton Think of Her Marriage to Caleb?
“I’m just happy to have another brother!” the TLC personality told E! News on February 7, 2023. “When she first told me she was dating Caleb, I was like, ‘That’s good,’” Amy explained. “Maybe they can team up and motivate each other in a way we couldn’t motivate her as a family because they are in similar situations.”
What Did Tammy Say About Caleb’s Death?
Following the news of Caleb’s death, Tammy took to social media to share her heartbreak.
“Rip sweet angel,” she wrote via Instagram on Saturday, July 1, alongside photos of the happy couple just one day after Caleb’s death. “You will forever be missed and loved so much thank you Caleb for showing me real love and happiness [sic].”
She later shared a statement with People, saying, “I am devastated to share the news of my husband’s passing.”
“He was my best friend and I loved him dearly,” she continued. “When I met Caleb he became my guardian angel and now he really is watching over me. Our families appreciate everyone’s sympathy and ask that you respect our privacy at this time.”
Tammy and her close family and friends reflected on Caleb’s death as they headed to his funeral in a teaser clip for the February 6, 2024, episode.
In the first look, Tammy’s brother, Chris Combs, drove Tammy, Amy and his wife, Brittany Combs, to the memorial service.
“I’m having my ups and downs I guess. It hurt when Grandma died, but this is a different kind of hurt,” Tammy said to her family before acknowledging that it was a “pretty day.”
Amy weighed in on her sister’s grief during a confessional, admitting, “Tammy’s numb right now.”
“She don’t know how to feel. She don’t know how to process grief like a normal human being,” Amy explained to the cameras. “We were told to push our feelings down, not to embrace them. So she’s just trying to manage the way she can.” However, Tammy let her emotions run freely once she was greeted by her and Caleb’s friends at the service and welcomed them with tearful hugs.
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