A One Direction Guy Suffered from an Eating Disorder and You Had No Idea

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If you thought Little Mix‘s book, Our World, was eye-opening, just wait until you hear the details about Zayn Malik‘s autobiography.

Just as Jade Thirlwall used her group’s novel to share emotional details about her past struggle with anorexia, the 23-year-old spoke about the eating disorder he suffered from during his days with One Dirction in Zayn, his first official book that comes out tomorrow.

According to someone who got access to the story early, the “Pillowtalk” crooner admitted to battling an eating disorder at the end of 2014 and still finds it hard to look at pictures of himself from that time. Here’s what ZM looked like during that period:

Gigi Hadid‘s boyfriend also talks about the debilitating anxiety he’s faced since performing with 1D in the book, and talked about the time he had to pull out of a massive gig because he physically couldn’t make it to the stage.

“I just couldn’t go through with it,” he explained. “Mentally, the anxiety had won. Physically, I knew I couldn’t function. I would have to pull out…Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of; it affects millions of people every day. I know I have fans out there who have been through this kind of thing, too, and I wanted to be honest for their sake, if nothing else.”

Despite the struggles he faced as a member of one of the most popular bands of all time, Zayn says he is still very “proud” of everything the Brits accomplished together.

“I can honestly say I’m proud of a lot of stuff from the One Direction days. I’m not sure people realize that, but I am. I’ve got the memorabilia — the platinum discs we received with every album — all over my house. I have a wall dedicated to displaying them. One Direction was an incredible experience in its own right, and it’s a part of me, an integral part of my history, and I’m never going to deny that aspect of my life.”

We are so proud of Zayn for opening up about this incredibly personal and sensitive topic!


These 9 other male stars also battled an eating disorder:

Tyler Oakley

Tyler happens to be one of the funniest guys on YouTube, but unbeknownst to his fans, he was privately struggling with an eating disorder. He told Seventeen, "Talking about it is really hard because it's something I suppress and work through every day." And he also added, "I haven't really talked about body image in videos. I assume when people read this, they’ll be like, 'Oh, you're not fat.' That's not what it's about at all. Even when I was the skinniest I'd ever been, I was still not happy."

Tyler talked about his experience in his autobiography, Binge, and told Out magazine that he feels his story can help other people who have been through it.

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In 2007, Eminem overdosed on pills and ended up in rehab. He also became overweight (230 pounds) because because he constantly ate food to avoid the stomach aches his pills caused. So when he finally got out of rehab, he became obsessed with losing the weight he gained.

He told Men's Journal, "I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I'd come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds. I ran to the point where I started to get injured."

But thankfully, Eminem took a step back from the treadmill and started to do safer workouts without going to the extreme.

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Russell Brand

Russell grew up as an only child who was overweight, so his loneliness and depression actually caused him to start vomiting and binge-eating at a young age. He told Daily Mail, "I was bulimic when I was 14, I had problems with food and self-harming. I've always had these odd compulsive traits looking for an outlet. It's awful to be bulimic, but I lost a whole lot of weight when I needed to."

But just when he thought he overcame it, his bulimia returned when he went to drug rehab as an adult. Thankfully, he recovered and is now in great health.

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Caleb Followill

Kings of Leon's lead singer, Caleb, battled anorexia when he was a teenager. In an interview with Q magazine, he said, "I always thought I wasn't good enough," and he said that he would do "anything to keep my hands and mouth busy without eating."

But surprisingly, he began to overcome his anorexia when he started smoking marijuana (apparently because it gave him the munchies). He was no longer obsessed with losing weight, but instead, he had his sights on getting buff. He told Q, "I want to look like I can defend myself. I want a guy to look at me in a bar and know that he can't talk sh*t to me or run me over, even though he probably could."

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Ashley Hamilton

In 2013, Ashley opened up to People about his struggle with bulimia and anorexia. He told People, "I believe it was my problem before I got into drugs and alcohol. I used the drugs and alcohol to control the food addiction."

But thankfully he sought help, although he admitted that he hasn't recovered completely as yet. He said, "With food it's not black and white. It's, 'Oh, my behavior around food has been better this month.' You can't live without food. You're surrounded by food constantly and you have to eat. There are so many people in our country suffering from this. It's an emotional problem and that's been the struggle for me through sobriety."

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Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob lost 59 pounds for a role in the movie U-Turn, but then he developed anorexia in real life. He said, "I think I had a little mental problem. I got anorexic; of course, I denied it to my girlfriend and everyone else who said I had an eating disorder."

But as of now, Billy Bob is fully recovered and in much better health.

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Dennis Quaid

In the film Wyatt Earp, Dennis had to play a character who was dying from tuberculosis, so he actually lost 40 pounds for the role. However, it turns out that he was really suffering from anorexia. He told People, "I'd look in the mirror and still see a 180-lb. guy, even though I was 138 pounds." He also admitted, "My arms were so skinny that I couldn’t pull myself out of a pool."

But on a brighter note, Dennis was able to recover and is back to a healthier weight.

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Al Roker

When he was just 15, Al saw Bill Cosby's Fat Albert on TV and it caused him to get concerned about his body image. He said, "It was the embodiment of me: a fat black guy who is the center of attention and the butt of jokes." This caused him to fall into the habit if binge eating. He mentioned, "I’d get into a funk, so I'd eat more."

But then, as he grew up, he continued to gain a lot of weight, reaching 340 pounds before he tried to get it under control. After an unsuccessful gastric bypass surgery, he finally turned to a friend for help and went on a strict diet.

As of now, Al is fully recovered and healthy. He said on The Today Show, "I'm thrilled that I've finally got to this place at 58 years old. I finally got it figured out. I feel good about it."

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Elton John

Elton suffered from bulimia for over 16 years. In his interview with Larry King, he revealed that he was in denial and he thought he could get better on his own. However, he soon realized that he needed help.

He was eventually able to recover in rehab and with the support of his friend, the late Princess Diana, who struggled with the same disorder. He told USA Today, "It was so nice to talk to someone — 'Oh, you did that too?' … It helps you feel not so bad about yourself, and it's a little bit of camaraderie."

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