Nicole Scherzinger has opened up about her battle with bulimia, and admitted that it “stole” all of her happiness.
The X Factor judge was plagued by a secret battle with bulimia during the height of The Pussycat Dolls’ fame, but admitted that her body-image issues started when she was just 14.
In an interview for Cosmopolitan, the 37-year-old said, “I’m more accepting of my body now. I was always very critical of myself from a young age, and when I was 14, I started running.
“I would go outside in the middle of the night and run, because I thought I had to be thinner and that my thighs should look a certain way. When I got The Pussycat Dolls, it really amplified that because it had so much to do with showing your body off.”
“It was very imprisoning and it stole all of my happiness, confidence and memories.”
Nicole joined The Pussycat Dolls in 2004, and the seven-person band sold 50 millions records before splitting in 2010.
“A big part of that was during The Pussycat Dolls. I have a lot of fans and I never wanted to come out about it, because I was ashamed. But once I finally did come out about it, I realised how many people it had helped.
Struggle: Nicole was battling bulimia at the height of The Pussycat Dolls’ fame | WENN.com
“Every woman has good and bad days. Mrs O [Sharon Osborne] and I were joking the other day that sometimes we wake up in a puddle of cookies and crisps! But what really helps me is working out. Even if it’s not for very long, [I love] to get a sweat on to keep me focused and positive.
“You should embrace and accept yourself more. Don’t be so hard on yourself, and love your curves,” she said.
Read the full interview in the next issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale 31 August.
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