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Ashley Hamilton: 'I Suffered From Bulimia And Anorexia'

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May. 18 2013, Published 5:03 p.m. ET

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Ashley Hamilton, well-known for his years abusing drugs and alcohol, has made a startling confession.

"I suffered from bulimia and anorexia," George Hamilton's actor/musician son told People.

"I believe it was my problem before I got into drugs and alcohol. I used the drugs and alcohol to control the food addiction," he said.  "It's really shameful as a man to have that."

Hamilton is making a comeback of sorts in Iron Man 3, which he credits to his friend Robert Downey Jr. , himself a former drug addict.

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He helped "open the door," Hamilton, who had brief marriages to both Angie Everhart  and Shannen Doherty in the 1990s, revealed.

"But he said 'I can't do it for you, Dude.' I said, 'That's ok. I just need somebody to give me the opportunity to trust in me sober-wise and give me a shot of this magnitude.' I'll forever owe him for that."

In addition to having a small acting role in the blockbuster flick, Ashely's band, The Wondergirls, performs a song on the soundtrack with Robbie Williams.

The 6' 3" Hamilton, said his weight bounced around between 180 and 250 lbs, only began getting treatment for his eating disorder a year ago.

"I don't have it perfect now. I've been free from bulimia for years but I still struggle with food, restricting or overeating. That's been the hardest for me in sobriety," he admitted, revealing that when he attended Beverly Hills High School, his nickname was "Fatley."

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