AMERICAN Pickers star Frank Fritz seems unrecognizable after dropping 65 kilos as he resurfaces for the primary time in over one 12 months in The Sun’s unique pictures.
Frank, 57, hasn’t appeared on History Channel’s American Pickers since March 2020, and viewers have been speculating about what led to the star’s mysterious mid-season disappearance.
In an unique interview with The Sun from Frank’s Le Claire, Iowa farmhouse, the collector debuted a surprisingly skinny look in comparison with his heavier determine on the present and revealed what has stored him off American Pickers.
Since Frank’s stint on the hit present, he has misplaced 65 kilos, which he attributes to residing a more healthy way of life as he battles Crohn’s, a continual inflammatory bowel illness.
Frank instructed The Sun: “The weight reduction is me watching what I’m consuming so I can hold my illness underneath management one of the best I can. I’m simply maintaining a healthy diet.
“After some time I began watching what I’m doing and I’m doing a little bit bit extra strolling. I hold fairly busy round right here too, taking good care of the grass and eliminating the weeds.”
Frank continued that he’s sober at this time, including: “Not ingesting helps with the burden loss as a result of while you drink you eat. I’m not weight-reduction plan.
“I used to be ingesting a little bit bit too, however that didn’t work out both. I haven’t had a drink in nearly 9, ten months.
“It would have been a 12 months however I had one slip up, it was possibly for 4 hours nevertheless it was sufficient.”
Frank additionally blamed his heavy ingesting on his nasty split from longtime girlfriend turned ex-fiancee Diann Bankson.
Frank stated of their cut up: “I attempted to drink her away.”
In pictures completely obtained by The Sun, Frank posed close to his $155,000 Iowa farmhouse, the place he has lived for 11 years.
This is the primary time Frank has been seen in over a 12 months, as he smiled whereas exhibiting off his spectacular weight reduction.
In one other collection of pictures, Frank is in his factor as he poses together with his in depth bike assortment in his bike storage and together with his favourite picks.
As for when viewers may see Frank again on the small screen alongside partner Mike Wolfe, he appeared not sure.
Frank instructed The Sun: “That was an enormous factor about coming again to the present. How can I come again to the present 65lbs lighter?
“I want to come again to the present, however we’ll see. I used to be doing it for 11 years, however there may be a variety of controversy occurring proper now.”
Frank famous Mike’s ongoing divorce from wife Jodi after almost 9 years of marriage.
He continued: “It’s as much as the community whether or not I come again on the present. It ain’t gonna have an effect on me one bit. I didn’t go away the present, I completed taking pictures after which I had a little bit again surgical procedure and the pandemic got here.”
Mike claimed Frank’s absence from the collection was as a result of he was recovering from again surgical procedure.
Frank stated of how his again is at this time: “My again is doing good. I had a few rods put in there. It was from lifting stuff on a regular basis.
“If you watch the present you’ll be able to see who the man is that’s lifting on a regular basis, it’s at all times me. It had been hurting for an extended, very long time. I’m speaking months and months and months.”
Frank admitted that in his day without work the present, he “hasn’t been out choosing a lot recently.”
He continued: “I’ve been engaged on a pair bikes and stuff, however that’s about it. I used to be in Sturgis bike rally in South Dakota in August final 12 months. I’ve been going to Sturgis for 40 years now. I used to be there for the fiftieth, sixtieth, seventieth, eightieth and ninetieth anniversaries and yearly in between that.
“I simply acquired inducted two years in the past to the Sturgis Hall of Fame.”
Frank has remained off social media, regardless of frequent updates being posted to his verified Facebook web page.
He defined: “It’s all faux, all that stuff on Facebook is faux. I don’t have a Facebook, I don’t have any concept what’s going with that.
“I’ve by no means posted something on there so the whole lot that’s on there’s a f**king lie. I don’t know who’s posting that stuff, I don’t even have a pc.”
American Pickers premiered in 2010 with Frank, Mike and Danielle Colby.
Frank’s final episode was on March 2, 2020.
Season 21 is at the moment airing on the History channel.