Carney Wilson on Weight Struggles as Playboy Playmate

Carney Wilson on Weight Struggles as Playboy Playmate

Being born into a famous family doesn’t always guarantee you happiness.  Very public struggles with weight and addiction brought our next guest to the brink.  But reaching deep within, she found that inner strength to “hold on.”  Listen as Carnie talks about her second chance and the life changing advice she has for those seeking theirs.

Carnie Wilson is the daughter of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of his first wife, former singer Marilyn Rovell of The Honeys. She co-founded Wilson Phillips with her younger sister Wendy and childhood friend Chynna Phillips when they were in their teens. They released two albums, Wilson Phillips and Shadows and Light, which between them sold 12 million copies. The group also charted three No. 1 singles and six top 20 hits in the United States before disbanding in 1993.

In 2006, Carnie released an album of lullabies, “A Mother’s Gift: Lullabies from the Heart,” created shortly after the birth of her daughter, Lola. She released her second solo effort in October 2007, a Christmas album entitled Christmas with Carnie featuring a song written by her husband; “Warm Lovin’ Christmastime.”



Carney has had a lifelong battle fighting obesity. During her Wilson Phillips fame, she reached a lifetime weight peak of almost 300 pounds. Dieting was unsuccessful; she lost some weight only to regain it later. In August 1999, she underwent gastric bypass surgery, which she felt was a life-saving decision. The procedure was broadcast live on the Internet. As a result, she went from a size 28 to a size 6 and lost 150 pounds.

Carnie later toured TV talk shows, and hosted her own infomercial to publicize her satisfaction with the procedure. However, she eventually gained back some weight, and ended up as a contestant on the fourth season of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club in 2006. Over the course of the show, Wilson lost 22 pounds, which she eventually gained back.

Wilson married musician and music producer Robert Bonfiglio in 2000. They have two daughters: Lola Sofia Bonfiglio, born on April 22, 2005, and Luciana “Luci” Bella Bonfiglio, born on June 12, 2009.

Carnie has been sober for 13 years. She is warm, wonderfully sensitive, giving, and honest. She’s quick with a laugh and some spicy language and has a twinkle in her eye.

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