Lady Gaga Talks Eating Disorder, ‘I Used To Throw Up All The Time’

By Radar Staff

Lady Gaga, who’s been open as a book about her past struggles with self-esteem and bullying, admitted she had a serious eating disorder during her high school years, resulting in a longtime case of bulimia.  

The socially conscious Telephone singer took the podium at It’s Our Turn, a conference held at a Brentwood, California school and hosted by former California First Lady Maria Shriver.

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A student there 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.”

The Edge of Glory singer responded, “I used to throw up all the time in high school. 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.”

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Gaga, 25, said home cooking was the last thing she needed.

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

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Gaga told the student, “It’s really hard, but … you’ve got to talk to somebody about it.”

Gaga said the constant regurgitation also put her million dollar pipes in peril.

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“It made my voice bad, so I had to stop. The acid on your vocal chords … it’s very bad,” she said.

Gaga said that even in superstardom, she’s not totally secure with her body.

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


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