Jimmy and Claudia Buckley are a force to be reckoned with. One an established country music star with the swagger and charm to prove it, the other a rising star with a formidable talent and the added benefit of her father’s wisdom to carry her straight to the top.
The pair are thick as thieves and spoke to RSVP Magazine about their strong bond on and off the stage, as well as their recent weight loss, which saw the pair lose an incredible combined six stone.
Claudia explained to the mag that her weight loss journey began in March last year, when she made the decision to throw herself into the industry to pursue her dream of making it as a country music star.
“When I decided that I wanted to go into this career full force, I wanted to put my best foot forward. I didn’t want to give anyone the excuse to say I’m overweight – because I was and it never really bothered me before – but when you’re in the public eye of course you’re under a bit of scrutiny.
“I knew I was going to be out on stage every night in these little outfits trying to strut my stuff. I also needed to have energy on stage and it’s proven that you sing better when you are the correct weight for your height”.
Knowing that she’d need a helping hand to lose the weight in a healthy way, and make sure it stayed off, Claudia enlisted a personal trainer and soon, with the introduction of some healthy habits, the weight began to fall off.
“I’ve lost about two-and-a-half stone. Within the first two months I lost a stone and I think that was just because my body literally went into shock. I didn’t realise that I had been eating quite unhealthily before.
“I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it myself, so I got a personal trainer, Maria. When I first went in I was so nervous and scared, almost embarrassed to be there, because it was completely out of my comfort zone.
“But she was so kind and gave me a meal plan that was healthy without being extreme because I still wanted to be able to go out on the weekends and have a meal with my friends. Maria made the plan to suit me and I still go to her for training sessions about three times a week”.
As for how Jimmy joined Claudia’s weight loss journey, it seems the country legend was inspired by his daughter’s progress.
Claudia explained: “He just saw me in such good form and I was losing weight so he said to me, ‘I’m gonna start doing what you do.’
“I actually gave him a few tips on what to eat, told him to cut down on the potatoes at dinner and to maybe cut the three or four snack bars with his tea at night down to one. But again, it was nothing extreme and he’s quite active anyway so the weight just fell off him!”
Dropping the weight has benefited Jimmy in more ways than one, says Claudia, who praised him for sounding better than ever.
“I’ve also never heard him sing as well in, honest to God, 20 years. It’s worked wonders for his voice. Now if you listen to records he released 10 years ago it’s unbelievable the difference”.
Read the full interview and see all of the gorgeous pictures in this month’s issue of RSVP Magazine- on shelves Tuesday and available from the RSVP Magazine app