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Taylor Swift Admits She Had an Eating Disorder

Taylor Swift Admits She Had an Eating Disorder
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By    |   Friday, 24 January 2020 01:50 PM

Taylor Swift took the world by storm when she released her debut album in 2006. She was the blond-haired, blue-eyed girl with the naturally slim body and confidence to captivate her audience. 

Nobody could have guessed that she was struggling with an eating disorder and poor body image. But now, after years of silence, Swift is opening up about her life with an eating disorder.

In her new Netflix documentary, "Taylor Swift: Miss Americana," which premiered Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival, the 30-year-old "Lover" singer admitted that seeing photos of herself in the tabloids triggered her to starve herself.

"It's not good for me to see pictures of myself every day," she says in the documentary, according to People. Swift then explains that there were times when she would "just stop eating" after seeing photos in which she felt her "tummy was too big." The comments didn't help either. Swift said headlines about her looking "pregnant" sent her into starvation mode.

Her weight began to drop and people began to take note, but Swift grew defensive when anyone expressed concern and would insist that she was eating and exercising.

"And I did exercise a lot. But I wasn't eating," she says.

The turning point came when she was on tour and her health began to suffer.

"I thought that I was supposed to feel like I was going to pass out at the end of the show, or in the middle of it," Swift continues in the documentary. "Now, I realize, no, if you eat food, have energy, get stronger, you can do all these shows and not feel [enervated]."

As a pop icon, Swift is a role model for countless young girls. Some of them may be going down a similar route and getting candid about her eating disorder could encourage them to seek help, but opening up about her battles has not been easy. 

"I didn't know if I was going to feel comfortable with talking about body image and talking about the stuff I've gone through in terms of how unhealthy that's been for me," she told Variety in an interview published Thursday. She admitted to feeling uncomfortable speaking publicly about her eating disorder and relationship with food. It was something she initially did not want to talk about in her documentary.

"But in the context of every other thing that I was doing or not doing in my life, I think it makes sense," she added.

Swift has since made peace with the fact that she is a healthy size 6, not a size double-zero, and is happy with herself and her life.

"I pick and choose now, for the most part, what I care deeply about," she explained to Variety. "And I think that's made a huge difference."

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