For some reason, people seem to think that celebrities are perfect — that they don’t have real problems or real flaws, like the rest of us. But if you think that’s true, you’re wrong. Stars are real people, and lots of them struggle with body image issues, mental illnesses and eating disorders.
While the idea of a famous person having anorexia, bulimia, etc., is typically reserved to be associated with women, many men also struggle with the disorders. It’s extremely inspiring to see many celebrities of BOTH genders speak out about their past problems with food and show fans that recovery is possible. Read on to see a list of female musicians who opened up about their eating disorders to inspire people to live the healthiest life possible.
Demi Lovato was checked into rehab back in 2010, when she was just 18 years old. She'd been struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for years, as well as an eating disorder. The "No Promises" crooner says she actually had a bad relationship with food from the time she was just a toddler, as her mom battled anorexia for a long time while she was growing up.
"Even though I was 2 or 3 years old, being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder, it's hard not to grow up like that," she explained to American Way magazine.
Lady Gaga has struggled in the past with depression and a severe eating disorder. Back in 2014, after she made a full recovery, she finally announced it to the public.
She said, "I am better with food. I don't have an eating disorder anymore."During the time of her ED, Gaga underwent a series of life changes, such as separating professionally from her longtime manager. These changes accelerated her mental illness, and she struggled to cope. Thankfully, she's much better today and puts out music that encourages people to feel good about themselves no matter what. Snaps for the queen!
When this British beauty was in college, she was extremely concerned about her figure — she admitted to being "terrified" of carbs, and avoiding them entirely. This was the beginning of an eating disorder that had her friends extremely worried about her.
She recalls, "I remember being so badly addicted to sugar that I could eat two big Galaxy bars in one day, and nothing else. My friends were so worried about me because I would come to their houses with bars of chocolate and when they asked what else I'd eaten that day, I would tell them, 'Chocolate for breakfast, chocolate for lunch and then an apple and a salad.'"
Eventually, she realized she had a problem and started to work on developing a healthier relationship with food. She now follows a vegan diet and works out regularly, and she says it's done amazing things for her confidence.
When Hilary Duff was at the height of her career, she weighed less than 100 pounds. She was extremely skinny, but she felt like she had to be, since she was under constant scrutiny by the media. Eventually, with the help of friends and family, she realized she needed to change her eating and exercise habits.
The actress slowly started to work out and eat well and became strong and healthy and eventually got to do a cover shoot for Health magazine!
In her interview, she recalled, "When I was 17, I weighed, like, 98 pounds. I was totally obsessed with everything I put in my mouth. I was way too skinny. Not cute. And my body wasn't that healthy — my hands would cramp up a lot because I wasn't getting the nutrition I needed."
Although Meghan Trainor was never diagnosed with an eating disorder, she has publicly acknowledged in the past that it was something she wanted to try. As a teenager, she was extremely self-conscious about her weight and the shape of her body. She wanted to be skinny, so she "attempted" to stop eating on multiple occasions.
"I tried to go anorexic for a good three hours," she said. "I ate ice and celery... And I quit."
She was clearly not in a healthy mindset back then, but today she is a huge supporter of loving yourself, no matter your dress size.
In 2014, superstar singer Kesha shocked her fan base by checking herself into rehab. She'd been privately battling anorexia for a long time and simply couldn't handle it on her own anymore and needed professional help. About a year after she got out, she told reporters, "There was a lot of not eating — I started to think being hungry to the point of feeling almost faint was a positive thing."
Today, she's much-improved and has a healthy relationship with food for the first time in a long time. She continued, "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." So true!!
When Kelly was in high school, she lost a leading role to a skinny girl with less talent. It was from that point on that her bulimia developed.
"I thought if I came back and I was cuter and thinner, then I'd get the role," she said. "The lesson I took from that was purely superficial, but that's what I grew up thinking for a long time. It wasn't smart, and I headed straight into an eating disorder and became bulimic for the next six months."
Her friends soon caught wind of her unhealthy eating habits and begged her to seek help. Today, she's comfortable with her curves and wants fans to look at her and see they don't have to be super skinny to be successful.
In her Pussycat Doll days, Nicole struggled a lot with bulimia and anorexia. On more than one occasion, she lost her voice or passed out on the floor due to her eating disorders, and yet she couldn't bring herself to stop.
"It is such a horrible paralyzing disease and it was such a dark time for me," she said years later. "I never spoke about it, I never want to play a victim and I never wanted my family to hear about things from me because I think it would break their heart."
Today, the singer has made a complete turnaround and speaks out about her history of eating disorders so that girls can have a role model who's been there.
When Ashlee was only 11 years old, she took ballet classes with a bunch of rail-thin dancers. She said a lot of them had eating disorders, and it was hard for her to grow up around that — "I actually had a minor one myself," she recalls. Luckily, her parents saw what was going on right away and stepped in. After "about six months of not eating too much at all," she was finally getting back on track to a healthier and more well-rounded lifestyle.
Today, she is extremely outspoken about her body, which she's very proud of. "I think I have good curves, and they're womanly. And I have amazing boobs!" We're just glad she's back to being healthy and happy!