Celebrity body battles
These celebrities reveal how they fought their demons
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.’
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.
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’.