Lady Gaga Reveals She Suffered From Bulimia in High School

The singer told reporters she was bulimic in high school, trying to transform herself from “a voluptuous little Italian girl” to a “skinny little ballerina.”

Lady Gaga admitted she had a serious eating disorder during her high school years, resulting in a longtime case of bulimia. Photo: Hot or Not?/Flickr

As the New York Post said, Gaga revealed this information at a conference called “It’s Our Turn” which held at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Gaga, who was a special gust, sat down for an interview with Maria Shriver and answered questions from students in the audience.

‘Born This Way’ singer was surprisingly honest when a student asked her: “I struggle with body issues, and I know you’re so confident in the way you dress. And I am wondering how you deal with such issues.”

“I used to throw up all the time in high school,” Gaga responded. “So I’m not that confident. I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina, but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night.”

“I used to come home and say, ‘Dad, why do you always give us this food? I need to be thin.’ And he’d say, ‘Eat your spaghetti.”

She also added that bulimia got so bad that it began to damage her voice. “It made my voice bad, so I had to stop,” the singer said.

“The acid on your vocal cords — it’s very bad. But for those of you who don’t sing, you maybe don’t have that excuse until it’s too late. It’s very dangerous.”

Gaga revealed that she still often worries about her body, despite being one of the most famous pop stars in the world.

“Weight is still a struggle,” she said. “Every video I’m in, every magazine cover, they stretch you – they make you perfect. It’s not real life…”

She continued: “I’m gonna say this about girls: The dieting wars have got to stop. Everyone just knock it off. Because at the end of the day, it’s affecting kids your age. And it’s making girls sick.”

According to the Huff Post, Gaga sent a positive message to the students, but they differ from those she made just a few years ago. That time she insisted that “Pop stars should not eat,” and the interviewer noted that Gaga “looked flush from a strict diet of starvation.”

By the way, Gaga is not the only one person in the list called “Celebrities who suffer eating disorders”. For example, Ashlee Simpson honestly admitted she struggled against eating disorder during her pre-teen years. “I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders,” the singer said.

Former Ginger Spice from the Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell, also revealed her suffering from bulimia and binge eating for several years. “I realised I couldn’t control this monster anymore. I needed to find help.”

She gave a piece of advice for those who are struggling : “I can honestly tell you from personal experience, that worrying about an eating disorder really can get you down,” the singer admitted. “

“There’s nothing to be  ashamed about. You’ll be amazed at the difference it’ll make to your whole life if you tell someone you trust. There are lots of people who want to help and you really CAN’T fight this one on your own.

“It might be a hard decision to make, to tell people and to seek help but, trust me it’s nowhere as hard as trying to deal with it on your own,” she added.

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