Brittany Higgins has undergone a noticeable weight gain over the past few years. Everybody saw that she had transformed a lot and put on weight during her r*pe trial. Because the trial was later dropped by the prosecutors because of Brittany Higgins' declining mental health, many attributed her weight gain to that.
Lately, Brittany Higgins' case has been getting a lot of coverage after new information relating to the case has come to light. The Australian newspaper published previously unseen text messages between Brittany and her boyfriend David Sharaz which revealed that the pair had sought political help and support from senior Labor figures as they pursued her r*pe allegation.
The texts, which included derogatory remarks about former Prime Minister Scott Morrison and also showed that the Sharaz had established direct contact with the then-opposition leader and the current Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, highly scandalized the public. After those texts surfaced, the public is demanding the truth and accountability from every political figure who was supposedly involved.
Current Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was recently asked about his involvement in Brittany Higgins' r*pe allegation as the scandal widened. He was grilled about whether he or other Labor MPs had anything to do with that case or if anyone supported her to put pressure on the Coalition over her allegations. In response, he denied doing anything of the sort and aligning with her in any way. He firmly maintained that there was no collusion between his office and Higgins.
This scandal has put a lot of focus on Brittany Higgins who people have come to realize has put on a bit of weight since the last they saw her in the trial. Since the trial was inconclusively dropped in order to protect the mental well-being of Higgins whose mental health had been on the decline during the proceedings, people wondered if it had anything to do with her weight gain.
Let's find out what there is to know about Brittany Higgins' weight gain!
Did Brittany Higgins Have a Weight Gain?
Brittany Higgins has had weight gain in recent years.
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Brittany Higgins has undergone a noticeable weight gain over the last few years since 2019 when she was allegedly r*ped.
Brittany Higgins is a full-figured woman in a way she was never before. If you come across her photos from before 2019, you will notice that she used to be quite petite. She was really slim before. You can see it yourself in her Twitter header. It is a picture of herself before her weight gain. It was probably the time when she had no idea that she was tragically going to be in one of the most high-profile r*pe cases in Australian history as the victim.
Brittany Higgins first reported the incident to the police in April 2019, a month after the alleged r*pe occurred. She hesitated initially because as she said, she was nervous about telling her superiors because she thought she could lose her job over that and felt disposable. But even after she reported the incident, she withdrew it shortly after because there was an election campaign going on and she didn't want the case to interfere with her job. At the time, she had not undergone weight gain. She looked very petite and thin, the way she looks in her Twitter header. Not that anyone noticed because the case didn't go as high-profile as it did later on.
Nearly two years later, in 2021, Brittany Higgins decided that she wanted a fair trial and had the case reopened. She even conducted interviews with two journalists. She had already changed by then. She had already had weight gain. In the time gap, she had put on a lot of weight and become full-figured in a way that she wasn't before the whole thing happened.
Brittany Higgins looked quite petite in 2019 as you can see on her Twitter header.
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Did Brittany Higgins' Weight Gain Have Anything to Do With Her Mental State?
The trial for the case was held in 2021 and when Brittany Higgins showed up for it, people noticed how she looked for the first time. She looked bloated and swollen. It very much looked like the weight gain she had noticeably undergone was not a healthy one. Nobody missed how sick and tense she looked. Many wondered if it was because she was nervous and anxious about the trial while others thought that she had changed a lot to look sickly like that.
When the trial was dropped without reaching any conclusion by the prosecutors because they thought that continuing the trial would pose a risk to her mental health which was already declining, the general public thought her weight gain had everything to do with her mental state.
Brittany Higgins' weight gain happened due to her mental health decline, many thought.
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As of now, despite everything going on, she looks much healthier than before. She does not look very different in terms of size. She has retained the weight gain and looking back, it may not have had anything to do with her mental decline because Brittany Higgins still looks the same but very happy and healthy and unlike how tense and stressed she was during the trial.