You would never believe these Hollywood stars have battled an eating disorder.
These celebs might come off as some of the most confident starlets out there. From their style to their talent to the way they carry themselves, these it girls just shine confidence. However, underneath the glitz and glamour, they too have some secrets they would rather not share or at least not be ready to open up about. Even if they have already opened up about their battle with an eating disorder, it is still hard to believe that they went through something like that considering there’s nothing wrong with them when you first see them.
The most open celebrity out there about her recent battles is singer and actress, Demi Lovato. It did take her a while to express her struggles to the world. If she would have stayed silent to this day, we probably would never have guessed the former Disney star went through such difficulties in her life. However, ever since the singer opened up, she has been considered a role model for many girls. It’s not easy being a girl alone at any age when it comes to sensitive matters like an eating disorder but being close to her age (early 20’s) can be the toughest on a female.
It’s kind of nice to know that these beauties are not as perfect as we think they are when we first lay our eyes on them. Check out the following list of “It” girls you would never have guessed have battled an eating disorder.
12. Katie Couric
Journalist Katie Couric comes off as real “Girl’s” girl, screaming confidence. However, shockingly in 2012, the news anchor confessed to her eating disorder and battle with bulimia. She admitted on her show that she had dealt with the disorder from her late teens into her early 20s. “I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that’s wrong…” she said. “You’re full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself, whether it’s one cookie or a stick of gum that isn’t sugarless, that I would sometimes beat myself up for that.” Couric opened up during her interview of the singer, Demi Lovato, who has famously battled an eating disorder.
11. Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci started battling with an eating disorder when she was 14 years old. The actress explains if it wasn’t for being “outed,” she would probably have never recovered. “Somebody actually found out about it and outed me while I was recovering,” the actress said in the April 2012 issue of Marie Claire UK. “It was a horrifying thing to do to a 14-year-old trying to cope with a devastating illness. Out of rage, I vowed that no one would ever be able to out me for a secret again. So I was going to be completely honest in the rest of my life. I don’t want to be hurt in that way again.” The former child star went through her wild days at a young age and remarked upon how she was happy to be over that stage. “Im so glad I’m not 20 years old any more. I was in a hurricane. I’m a lot calmer now. I don’t cause destruction for myself and others everywhere I go. I take things as they happen and I’ve learned to be calm about things. Troubleshoot problems as they arise and make the best out of things.”
10. Mary-Kate Olsen
You know her as one of the Olsen Twins and for playing one of the most popular child stars of all time, Michelle Tanner, in Full House. Mary-Kate Olsen also went through a battle with an eating disorder, though, as photos of the actress appearing extremely thin surfaced and concerned many. It took a while for the Olsen twin to admit she was going through a struggle of her own, as it does for many people. When she and her twin sister, Ashley Olsen, got to host Saturday Night Live, the actress went along with the rest of the media and poked fun at her thin appearance as well. Little did anyone know the star really was battling an eating disorder. Finally in 2004, Mary-Kate admitted she was battling an eating disorder and checked herself into rehab.
However, not everyone was willing to support her in the beginning. “Everyone was very angry with Mary-Kate at first,” a source said. “She’s lied so much and for so long. It’s part of the illness.” The former child star has kept her coping a private matter; just like she and her sister do with a lot of the things they do. The twins have always carried petite figures but to this day there hasn’t been any more speculation of an eating disorder.
9. LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes comes off as a confident and wise girl but underneath the secure star, the country singer struggled with not exactly an eating disorder but something similar that was a result of anxiety and stress. The whole controversy with her now husband, Eddie Cibrian and his ex-wife Brandi Glanville, was an obvious formula for disaster. LeAnn explained that she suffered from anxiety and had decided to take a break from all the publicity (including social media) after getting tons of backlash for the affair she was having with her now-husband. “People said I was anorexic,” LeAnn said. “But I didn’t have a problem with eating as I ate a ton all the time-I could eat my husband under the table! But I was going through a time when I just wasn’t sleeping- my mind wouldn’t shut off and my heart was breaking. Now I’m secure about my body, although I’m like any other woman and have my moments of self-doubt. But it’s nice to have a husband who tells you you’re beautiful all the time. I’ll say to him ‘I’ve gained a few pounds’ and he’ll say ‘Good!’”
8. Portia De Rossi
Portia De Rossi, mostly known as Ellen DeGeneres’s wife, revealed last year in the documentary It Got Better that she had an eating disorder. The actress opened up, saying she first started dieting at the age of 12 years old. “I felt tremendous responsibility when I was 12 years old and I was put on a catwalk,” the Australian said, addressing her modeling career at a young age. “My modeling agents had told me to go on a diet. So I didn’t eat for 10 days before then.” The 42-year-old actress said she became bulimic after one audition. “I got in the car after that event, and just opened up a bag of my favorite candy and put my whole head in it. And I think s***, what have I done? I just undid two weeks worth of dieting.’”
Much like a lot of others who battle with an eating disorder, Portia used food as a way of dealing with her emotions, but still felt so much shame regardless of what she would do to erase everything. “I mean, I’m 12 years old. So then I vomit. Erase the feelings with food, erase the food by vomiting. But you’re still left with the shame.” Fast-forward to later in her life and the former model was still concerning others with her thin appearance and did admit she was living on 300 calories a day plus 20 laxatives. Today, the Scandal actress is doing better and refers to her relationship with funny lady Ellen as a huge help in her confidence.
7. Victoria Beckham
You would think that this star just naturally carried a healthy, thin figure, especially with how much confidence and sass she always brings. However, in her 2011 biography, Learn To Fly, former Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham admitted she struggled with an eating disorder earlier in her music career. She has always been under fire for appearing too thin and so she finally opened up about what exactly happened behind the scenes. “In the gym, instead of checking my posture or position, I was checking the size of my bottom, or to see if my double chin was getting any smaller,” she wrote in her biography. She had said that former group member, Geri Halliwell, was the one to encourage her and another Spice Girl to go running and replace meals with liquid meals instead- she eventually began binge eating. Although the former pop star still gets backlash for her petite figure, Beckham is healthier than before.
6. Jamie Lynn Sigler
Sopranos star Jamie Lynn Sigler has been through a lot as she has recently opened up about dealing with multiple sclerosis for 15 years. But before then, she had revealed she had a bulimic disorder in which she almost considered taking her life. All of this was unknown as it was happening, when her famous show debuted in 1999. “I seriously contemplated suicide,” the actress said. “I felt that no one in this world would ever understand the constant battle I had in my head every day.” Sigler was battling a bulimic disorder called “Exercise Bulimia” which consists of obsessive exercise and heavy focus on calories. “When I saw the scales start to go down, well, then, I thought, ‘Well, what happens now if maybe I exercise an hour before school and don’t eat bread,” she said.
The disorder followed her to a place where, while it was supposed to be the high point in her life when the show got picked up, her life was actually rather dark. Sigler explains she couldn’t let her career down so she tried her best to gain the weight back. She is now a spokeswoman for the National Eating Disorders Association. “And knowing that I was able to overcome it and be healthy and happy again is amazing,” she said.
5. Katherine McPhee
American Idol runner up, Katherine McPhee, opened up about her eating disorder in 2006. According to McPhee, her battle with bulimia started in her junior year in high school due to her avoiding emotions. “Food was my crutch,” the singer said. “It was how I dealt with emotions and uncomfortable situations. It was literally a drug.” As she grew up, the Smash actress explained the problem got worse when she began to force herself to vomit at age 17. Finally, when McPhee began the audition process, her manager wasn’t any help at all and asked her to lose a few pounds as a guarantee she would start booking auditions.
Right before Idol, she recognized she had a serious problem and needed to seek help. “Food-my eating disorder-was the one thing holding me back,” she told People. “I mean, here I am, this singer, and it was so horrible on my vocal cords. So when I got on the show, I said, ’You know what? I can do well. Let me give myself a chance and just get a hold of this thing.’” And so she began a program at the Los Angeles Eating Disorder Center. The singer and actress mentioned she’s not completely better but she’s making progress little by little.
In 2014, singer Kesha checked herself in rehab for 30 days. She told People magazine that she would be “unavailable” for the next 30 days to learn to love herself again. “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder, to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am,” she said. The next year in 2015, she opened up to Vogue more about her battle and how she was doing. “Ive had a lot of ups and downs. It’s been quite a journey. I went to a dark place,” she said. “There was a lot of not eating—and I started to think being hungry to the point of feeling almost faint was a positive thing.”
Like we hope for everyone battling this disease, Kesha explained that she learned the benefits of being healthy and loving the skin you’re in. “I realized being healthy is the most important thing I can do for myself. Now, I’m trying to embrace the skin I’m in. It’s difficult sometime.” Since then, Kesha has been in a better place and has even toned it down with her style, showing off a more casual look as opposed tothe wild appearance she would display in the past. Her new settled look has complimented the performer’s body, based on photos she’s posted of her showing off her toned, healthy abs.
3. Demi Lovato
Apparently, Demi Lovato has been battling body issues since she was three-years old. The former X-Factor judge revealed the crazily shocking news when she sat down with Katie Couric. “When I started having body image issues I remember being three years old in a diaper and rubbing my hand over my stomach…and I remember thinking in my head ‘I wonder if one day this will ever be flat?'” Wow. The singer admitted she battled with bulimia which led her to cutting herself. “It was a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body,” Lovato said back in 2010. “I was matching the inside to the outside. And there were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn’t know what to do. The only way that I could get instant gratification was through an immediate release on myself.”
Today, Demi Lovato also screams confidence and literally sings it with her hit single “Confident.” She is a powerful advocate for bullying and a role model for young girls. In addition, she’s in a loving relationship which she loves to gush about- especially their hard days. “”People told him, ‘You should probably leave. She’s on a spiral, and you’re going to be sucked down with it,'” she said of boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama. “But he was like, ‘I’m not leaving. This is somebody I really care about.”
2. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is obviously one of the most confident stars out there, who always tries to shed light on the topic of being yourself and proud of it. So it was a shocker when the “Mother Monster” admitted she battled with anorexic and bulimia when she was 15 years old. “I am better with food. I don’t have an eating disorder anymore,” Gaga told Harper’s Bazaar. In addition, the singer has been known for sticking for herself- especially for being so unique. But it wasn’t always that way. “I became very depressed at the end of 2013,” she said. “I was exhausted fighting people off. I couldn’t even feel my own heartbeat. I was angry, cynical, and had this deep sadness like an anchor dragging everywhere I go. I just didn’t feel like fighting anymore. I didn’t feel like standing up for myself one more time—to one more person who lied to me.”
Just like she motivates others today to get through whatever they’re going through at the moment, Gaga explained she did the very same thing with herself. “I really felt like I was dying-my light completely out. I said to myself, ‘Whatever is left in there, even just one light molecule, you will find it and make it multiply. You have to for you. You have to for your music. You have to for your fans and your family. I don’t want to be remembered as anything but brave.” It’s a no brainer that Gaga has achieved her goal more times than she thinks.
1. Jessica Alba
Another starlet who not only shines bright when we watch her walk down the red carpet, but has also been faced with backlash for being too skinny. Ironically, Jessica Alba is also one of the most wanted Hollywood stars out there for her ridiculously hot bod. Alba, though, didn’t deny the fact that she was a little too thin. “I never see myself as a beautiful woman and have never traded on that to get ahead in this business,” she told The Sun. “A lot of girls have eating disorders and I did too. I became obsessed with it.” The Sin City actress confessed she had undergone a bad point in her life after filming Dark Angel in 2002, where she restricted herself to a three-hour exercise regime a day. She also pointed out she had just stopped eating and dropped a whopping 100 pounds. “When I went from a girl’s body to a woman’s body with natural fat in places, I freaked out,” she said. Today Jessica Alba is a mother of two young girls and can’t help but be the best role model for them. She has her own business, The Honest Company, and is honest about not being enthusiastic about the gym but still does it to stay healthy. She continues to be one of Hollywood’s hottest female stars.
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