Simone Anderson gets the proposal of her dreams

‘The luckiest girl alive’: Woman, 27, overcomes horrific gang rape attack and 92kg weight gain to finally find happiness as her boyfriend proposes to her in a fairytale setting

  • Simone Anderson, 27, is now engaged to her boyfriend after a dream proposal 
  • The author has overcome challenges few people face in their lifetimes 
  • The young woman has overcome a horrific gang-rape and severe weight battles
  • She has now lost 92 kilograms, found her dream career and is engaged

A New Zealand woman has overcome a horrific gang rape and a 92 kilogram weight gain to transform her life and finally find love with the man of her dreams.

Simone Anderson, 27, from Auckland, received a fairytale proposal from her boyfriend of three years, Trent Forsyth, on Tuesday and shared the moment with her 285,000 fans online.

The pair started their day with a scenic helicopter flight over Queenstown, landing on top of The Remarkables to take in the view and have a glass of Champagne. 

They then continued their scenic flight landing at The Hills property, Sir Michael Hill’s exclusive golf course, to which they had been personally invited before Trend went down on one knee and proposed in front of Lake Hayes.

A New Zealand woman has overcome a horrific gang rape and a 92 kilogram weight gain to transform her life and finally find love with the man of her dreams


Simone Anderson is pictured before and after her 92 kilogram weight loss 

Ms Anderson, 27, from Auckland, received a stunning fairytale proposal from her boyfriend of three years, Trent Forsyth, on Tuesday and shared the moment with her 285,000 fans

The entire moment was captured by two of their closest friends who were hiding in the bushes. 

‘The love of my life proposed to me in the most beautiful place on earth. It was just over three years ago I met a man that I knew one day would be my husband (even if he didn’t then),’ the Journey to Health author wrote.

‘We have experienced and achieved so much in these past few years and I cannot wait to build our lives together. Thank you for making me feel like the luckiest girl alive – I can’t believe I get to call you my fiance!

‘My actual dream. I can’t explain how this day felt, I wish I could re-live it over and over again’. 


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The entire moment was captured by two of their closest friends who captured the romantic moment while hiding in the bushes

‘The love of my life proposed to me in the most beautiful place on earth. It was just over three years ago I met a man that I knew one day would be my husband (even if he didn’t then),’ the Journey to Health author wrote

It was the perfect ‘happily ever after’ moment for Ms Anderson, who has been through more challenges in the past few years than most experience in a lifetime.

Ms Anderson began putting on 10 to 15 kilograms each year from the age of 14 and after high school she tipped the scales at 169 kilograms.

‘I went from being a bit overweight to being seriously obese. By the end of high school I was somewhere between 120kg and 130kg, so for a 17-year-old, let’s be honest, I was huge,’ she said. 

She decided to overhaul her health and lose weight via a gastric sleeve surgery in August 2014, and she lost a staggering 92 kilograms in the months following. 

But just one year into her weight loss she experienced a harrowing rape that derailed her life. 

‘My actual dream. I can’t explain how this day felt, I wish I could re-live it over and over again,’ she said (pictured before and after)


It was the perfect ‘happily ever after’ moment for Ms Anderson, who has been through more challenges in the past few years than most experience in a lifetime

‘I was out on a Wednesday night with a couple of friends at a bar in town. By about 3am, I was feeling quite drunk and ready to head home, but I didn’t know where my friends had gone,’ she said.

Ms Anderson said she was approached by a group of guys who told her about an after party.

‘The guys took me to a house and walked me inside, and that’s when I realised what was going to happen.

‘For two hours, those five men gang-raped me. I did everything I could to stop them, but I had so little control over my body that it was hopeless,’ she recalled previously.

Ms Anderson couldn’t wipe the smile from her face as she took in the magical moment 

A dazzling 2ct Diamond Solitaire ring from Michael Hill Jeweller’s exclusive Southern Star collection caught the light as it was slipped onto Ms Anderson’s finger

‘I couldn’t push them off me, let alone run. I was physically there, but I couldn’t do anything.’

Ms Anderson said she managed to get out of the house but had no shoes or handbag.  

‘In the days and weeks after the attack my mind was all over the place,’ she explained.

‘My friends were gentle with me, and encouraged me to go to the police, but I just didn’t feel up to it. 

‘Trying to process what had happened was taking all my mental energy — the last thing I felt like doing was marching down to the police station, especially if there was a chance they might not be sympathetic. 

‘At that stage I was still blaming myself. I convinced myself that it wasn’t something I needed to report or take any further,’ she added. 

‘And by the time I had recovered sufficiently to understand that it was not my fault at all, I felt that I had missed the window of opportunity.’ 

‘When I was big, I had known that I had a shape hiding under all my fat, but when I lost the weight that hourglass stayed hidden beneath all the folds of loose skin,’ she said in her book

She underwent a nine-hour surgery in late 2015 – a mammoth operation that cost more than $20,000 and included abdominoplasty, a bra line back lift and a breast lift and augmentation and another surgery earlier this year to remove it

Ms Anderson said it took her months of support from friends to move on from the ordeal and to focus on herself again. 

Through her honesty, she had gained more than half a million followers on social media and regularly shared inspiring words of advice, her workout regime and her diet choices with them. 

She said as a result of the weight loss surgery, she was left with a large amount of excess skin. 

She underwent a nine-hour surgery in late 2015 – a mammoth operation that cost more than $20,000 and included abdominoplasty, a bra line back lift and a breast lift and augmentation and another surgery earlier this year to remove it. 

Simone Anderson has written a book on her weight loss 

‘When I was big, I had known that I had a shape hiding under all my fat, but when I lost the weight that hourglass stayed hidden beneath all the folds of loose skin,’ she said in her book.

‘It wasn’t until this point that it was finally revealed what a great figure I had.’

‘I know that the 23-year-old Simone, 169kg and struggling just to get out of bed in the morning, would hardly recognise the me I am now,’ she said.

‘In the last three and a half years, I have undergone the most epic transformation you could imagine,’ she added.

‘I don’t need to be accepted by others I just need to accept myself.’  

Journey to Health by Simone Anderson (published by Allen and Unwin) is out now. To find out more click here.    

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