Celebrity body bat­tles

Th­ese celebri­ties re­veal how they fought their demons

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Nicole Scherzinger

The X Fac­tor judge has spo­ken out about her bat­tle with bu­limia as a teenager, say­ing the dis­ease was ‘im­pris­on­ing’ and ‘stole all of my hap­pi­ness, con­fi­dence and me­mories’. ‘I’m more ac­cept­ing of my body now,’ Nicole, 39, says. ‘When I was 14, I’d go out­side in the mid­dle of the night and run be­cause I thought I had to be thin­ner.’ Nicole ad­mit­ted her bu­limia was at its height dur­ing her time in the Pussy­cat Dolls, but now says: ‘You should em­brace and ac­cept your­self.’

Lisa Ri­ley

Ac­tress Lisa dropped an in­cred­i­ble 12st over 18 months, but was left with one inescapable side ef­fect: masses of loose skin. She says: ‘When I made the de­ci­sion to lose weight, I never imag­ined that I’d end up look­ing like that. It never oc­curred to me that the loose skin would be so bad. I was re­volted by my own im­age – it was ran­cid.’ She adds: ‘I was used to see­ing the obese Lisa re­flec­tion, but this saggy mess was new, it was painful and it was quash­ing the bril­liance of what I’d done.’ So Lisa went un­der the knife, hav­ing a tummy tuck, a boob lift, bingo wing re­moval and surgery to re­move loose skin from her thighs – and it’s been well worth it. ‘I couldn’t be hap­pier about my body now if I tried,’ she says.

Frankie Es­sex

For­mer TOWIE star Frankie, 29, lost 2st in 2016 and even brought out her own fit­ness DVD. But more re­cently, a knee in­jury has left her un­able to work out. ‘I’ve put on a stone,’ she ad­mits. ‘Not be­ing able to go gym – you eat and it makes me a bit de­pressed. It’s hor­ri­ble. My whole body is swollen.’ Ear­lier this year, she called out those hav­ing a dig about her size, say­ing: ‘So bored of peo­ple trolling me about my weight! Yes, I have put a bit on but there are rea­sons be­hind it.’ But Frankie’s re­mained pos­i­tive and de­fi­ant against her haters, wear­ing a swim­suit on hol­i­day in Por­tu­gal last week em­bla­zoned with the words ‘Con­quer from within’.

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