Ipswich/USA: Paul Mason’s girlfriend Rebecca Mountain speaks for the first time about their whirlwind romance

Rebecca Mountain has spoken for the first time of her whirlwind romance with Paul Mason, once dubbed Britain's fattest man Rebecca Mountain has spoken for the first time of her whirlwind romance with Paul Mason, once dubbed Britain's fattest man

Thursday, September 26, 2013
9:00 AM

The girlfriend of Paul Mason as today revealed how the couple felt as though they had known each other forever when clapping eyes on one another for the first time online.

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Paul is looking forward to meeting his new girlfriend face-to-face next month when she will fly over from the USPaul is looking forward to meeting his new girlfriend face-to-face next month when she will fly over from the US

Rebecca Mountain first learnt of Mr Mason – once dubbed Britain’s fattest man – several years ago when a documentary following his journey from a 70-stone man to undergoing gastric bypass surgery aired in her native America.

The 40-year-old businesswoman, who lives in Orange, near Boston on the east coast, said as soon as she watched his story she felt “tremendous compassion for him and his situation”.

Speaking for the first time since it was revealed Mr Mason had found love on the other side of the Atlantic, Miss Mountain told The Star it wasn’t until she came across a YouTube video in July about her new love’s incredible weight loss that she was inspired to get in contact.

“When I found out how he’d lost all this weight but had been left without the skin removal surgery that usually follows such massive weight loss, I had to try and help him,” she said. “When I watched Paul’s documentary, I felt there was something about him that attracted me.

“Looking back, I think it was how sincere he came across. He seemed a very genuine person, who realised he needed help.

“When I spoke with Paul for the first time last month it was as if we had known each other for years. I think right away we trusted each other.”

She added: “Paul is very caring and compassionate. He is very honest about his life and situation. Those are some of his greatest qualities, but he’s also funny, smart, creative and very loving. We have not known each other very long but we both feel that our relationship will be a lasting one.”

Miss Mountain is determined to do what she can to help her partner realise his dream of undergoing surgery to remove an estimated eight-stone of excess skin left after he shed 48-stone.

Next month Miss Mountain will fly to the UK to meet Mr Mason face-to-face, after national broadcaster ITV stepped in after seeing their story in The Star.

“I cannot wait to see Paul in person,” Miss Mountain added. “I know that we will feel just as close and at ease with each other as we have talking over Skype.

“I am helping him pursue surgery outside of the NHS so that he can move on with his life.

“While he does have a doctor in New York willing to offer her services free of charge, there are many other related costs that would prevent him from getting the surgery so we have started a fundraising page at www.youcaring.com.”

32 comments

  • And for the third day in a row crikey when will the evening star learn we dont care or is this done to wind up the real readers

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    thedj101

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • This newspaper is simply not listening to its readers. Enough is enough, don't you realise that we simply don't care about this man and his "girlfriend"

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    Big Spot

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • Enough now please. The Felixstowe beech hut owners were on morning TV recently singing - literally - about the rent rise. This guy has already had his say on This Morning as well. What sort of image does all this portray of our area? There is so much good going on, so many people doing great things and so many more deserving causes. Plus this is a great place to live. Unfortunately, nationally, all people are seeing at the moment are things to be ridiculed.

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    Just Me

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • PC Plod....not sure the Star has struck gold. I can't remember the last time I bought a copy and I certainly wouldn't pay for this sort of drivel.

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    Deep Throat

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • Pretty much commented the same thing and drew on an example of my partner and I, who are currently living apart and having to work very hard towards being together next year. My point was that we don't expect any money from anyone to help with this. I didn't comment anything offensive, only the truth which apparently the "moderators" of this site don't like. Therefore my (as I thought insightful) comment was deleted. They also have no respect for anyone's right to an opinion - why would anyone pay for this too.. Totally agree with Citizen and the majority of other comments, as of 13:22 on 260913, which will probably be deleted in the next day or so..

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    Mr Harris

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • So what who cares.

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    biggles the pilot

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • Embarrassing.

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    Ron Raga

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • I am also one who refuses to buy this newspaper or pay for the online version for the same reasons as the others. If there was something news worthy, maybe but not this. Perhaps the only ones interested are Paul Mason and this reporter. There must be more important things going on around here that the readers should know about.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • How strange that on the day when the Star is lauding the success of shops being stopped from selling super strength alcohol to stop compulsive drinkers and stopping people from becoming victims of their addiction... we get yet another story about a compulsive eater but he gets the sympathy vote? (but not from the readers) Perhaps we need a campaign to stop KFC, MacDonalds and every kebab shop selling large takeaways to overweight people? The same principles apply don't they - cost to the NHS (they won't give a liver transplant to an alcoholic, why should they remove 8stone of skin from a food addict?) , anti social behaviour (filling our press with drivel), cost to others (some of us will need therapy if this goes on much longer). Also, I was not surprised in the least that a person who felt for Mr Mason would come from America... the home of the "ample" tourist

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    Citizen

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • The term businesswoman is somewhat vague Scott - you can be a businesswoman if you sit at home knitting hats for cats and selling them online - I am kind of guessing that she is precisely that sort of businesswoman!

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • attention seekers ! no one cares as said. i certainly do not. moderate this !

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    rumbler

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • Message to Lizzie parry is:-

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    Big Spot

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • This relationship will fail. She will scarper when she gets to know this freeloading mummies boy.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • He is "very honest about his life and situation" - she clearly doesn't know him and hasn't read any of the news reports has she. That said, a lot of daft American women seem to fall in love with murderers on death row so their character judgement is clearly questionable! Here's hoping their 'charity' doesn't raise a penny, its insulting to genuine charities that they are classing it as such a thing.

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    MZH

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • I used to look forward to reading the Star. This rubbish is dragging on now. Please listen to the readers. How about a poll on who wants to read about this story.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • If the "girlfriend" is a business woman surly she can pay for this oxygen scroungers ticket ! It makes me sick that we work hard to pay for the likes of him . And he has the nerve to say the NHS has failed him because him can't get the op there and then ! What happens when the GF dumps him? Will he go back to eating himself back to the size he was . Call this news I call it rubbish and an insult to us get a grip evening star give us news not dribble like this ! Rant over

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    Scott Stygall

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • Unbelievable...as the other others have commented, doesn't this paper listen. Perhaps it should show this scrounger all the comments over the past couple of days, the overwhelming majority of which are rightly scathing and cynical. Also, at the time of writing his fundraising page has raised precisely nothing and I hope it remains that way.

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    Deep Throat

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • How about a readers poll? More Mr Mason or less Mr Mason.

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    Lee Davies

    Friday, September 27, 2013

  • Good lord - 3 stories in 3 days dedicated to this waste of space. Get a grip Star!

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • No wonder sales continue, please print some real news, not Pauls autobiography

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    Marc James

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • This story is getting boring now..... Got anything exciting to report?!!! Think the majority who posted comments last time said they were not interested in this scroungers life?

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    Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • OH MY GOD! WHO THE HELL CARES!

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    FourtyThree

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • The editors of this paper obviously don't read the comments pages! Who cares? These are just 2 people who want the limelight so that they can get money from US to pay for him to go to America to have an operation for something that was originally self inflicted. As a tax payer I have already contributed to to excessive cost of his treatment, so they wont be getting another penny from me. His feeble excuses for getting so big in the first place make me sick - I lost my mum when I was very young, then my dad, and since then 2 husbands, but did I go off the rails - no! All his problems are self inflicted, so he should self fund any further treatment. And please stop pronting stories about him - the make my blood boil!

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    N M

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • The censorship on this star is so off.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • BORING NEWS....YAWN......ZZZZZZ

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    Kelly M

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • PC Plod....not sure the Star has struck gold. I can't remember the last time I bought a copy and I certainly wouldn't pay for this sort of drivel.

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    Deep Throat

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • It shows the staff at the Star have a sense of humour. Day One, a story about Mr Mason attracts 30+ comments, only one of which showed anything like support for him. The remainder went from "not interested" to strong condemnation of his publicity-seeking. Day Two, even more comments, ALL of which roundly condemned both Mr Mason and the Star's interest in such a non-story. So, guess what, Day Three, yet another story about him! Well done, Star, you really have struck gold with this one!

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • Whilst this gentleman has done well to lose so much weight and I'm sure his family is very proud of him, for the rest of Suffolk, this fixation the Star has with him is either down to his original national media mileage - the Star always on the lookout for a tenuous link to anything nationwide - or maybe he is related to someone at the Star - Mr Geater, perhaps, or the editor? Can anyone be surprised that most of us no longer buy a paper?

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    Sarky Sage

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • karma has a sense of irony obviously - perfectly good honest, decent people are no longer with us, yet this attention seeking waste of life still breathes.

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    Lewspowels

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • It puts the food in the bin or it gets the fat again.

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    Kevin Smith

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • Just had a look at the funraising page.... $0 Cant see this increasing by much....

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    FourtyThree

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • Message to Lizzie Parry

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    Big Spot

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

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