Don’t hate them because they’re beautiful. Because these celebrities took a while to get there! As kids, these 15 stars were adorably chubby. And while we think they’re cute at any weight, they didn’t all love their plus-sized physiques. Take a look at who dropped pounds to make it in Hollywood!
She is famed for her curvy figure now but Kate Winslet has often said she was teased for being fat when she was a child. In 2009 the Oscar-winner told the U.K. edition of Marie Claire that she was nicknamed “Blubber” at school. She told the magazine, “I was bullied for being chubby.”
With his cherubic cheeks, metal braces and chunky round glasses, a teenage Ryan Seacrest looked nothing like the Hollywood mover and shaker he would become. Now trim, with a square-cut jaw, the American Idol presenter told FemaleFirst.co.uk, “I remember being a chubby kid and what that felt like… When I look in the mirror, sometimes I still see that kid, so I’m hyper-obsessed with exercise.”
The Man of Steel Henry Cavill may have rock-solid now, but the Superman actor says he was tormented for being a chubby teen. In 2013 he said, “I was a fat kid so I was an easy target. ‘Fat Cavill’ was the nickname, which was a totally fair nickname, because I was fat.”
He may be a yoga-loving vegan now but believe it or not – before he was a lean, mean, womanizing machine – Russell Brand was quite hefty as a child. The comedian, who has battled bulimia and drug abuse, once said, “I was a fat kid: not obese, but chubby.”
Rob Kardashian is not the only member of his family to have struggled with excess pounds as a child. His older sister Khloe Kardashian says she was bullied as a kid for being overweight. In a 2010 Life & Style interview she said, “Having someone in your class call you fat, ugly, too tall and so on, you start to think all those things about yourself.”
Jennifer Hudson wasn’t just overweight when she found fame on American Idol. Old high school photos prove the Chicago native was always chubby. She later lost – and has since kept off – 80lbs following the Weight Watchers plan.
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Even Jerry O’Connell admits he has been known “as the fat kid from Stand By Me.” But the former child star no longer seems to have an ounce of fat on him.
Kesha’s ninth grade yearbook photo reveals the pop star used to be overweight as a kid. The singer is a recovering bulimic who entered rehab in January 2014 to battle the eating disorder and says she has since come to love her body.
Brit singer Craig David makes the gossip columns these days more frequently because of his ripped physique than his music. But the “Fill Me In” pop star admits he was bigger than average as a child. David once said he was a “fat kid growing up” who “lost the weight,” adding, “But there’s always a fat kid inside that’s reaching out for Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
In recent years Tara Reid has sparked concern among fans when she has been snapped looking rail thin on the beach. But she is another celebrity whose old yearbook photos prove she once carried a bit of puppy fat as a teen.
Old school photos prove that former Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley was both adorable and chubby as a child. “I was a tomboy. I didn’t care about looks,” the reality star once said about her yearbook photos.
Old yearbook photos of Julianne Moore also reveal that the respected actress was a chubby-cheeked teen.
Gwen Stefani set off a firestorm online when she referred to her teenage self as being “chunky” when she shared an old photo that was taken in 1983 on Twitter. In 1996 the singer – who is well known for her pancake flat tummy – told MTV News, “I was like a chubby girl, a chubby kid my whole life. So that’s something that I’ve always had to work on.”
In recent years Kelly Osbourne has been praised for her weight loss. But she gained fame on The Osbournes back in 2002 when she was still a chubby teen. The TV presenter told Us Weekly in 2010, “I took more hell for being fat than I did for being an absolutely raging drug addict.”
Sometimes being overweight as a child spurs people on to being fit as an adult. That’s what happened to celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels who weighed 175lbs when she was in eighth grade but started to slim down after taking up martial arts. She told Redbook in 2010, I was terrorized and karate saved my life. It all stopped the day I broke two boards with a kick.”