Some celebrities who have publicly discussed their struggles with eating disorders include Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Kesha and Troian Bellisario. Lady Gaga, Jessica Alba, Kelly Clarkson and Katharine McPhee are a few others who have spoken publicly about their eating disorder battles. Billy Bob Thornton, Russell Brand and Elton John are a few male celebrities who have opened up about their eating disorders in public.
Demi Lovato has been one of the most forthcoming celebrities when it comes to discussing her battle with eating disorders in the public eye. In an "ABC News" interview, she spoke about how being bullied as a child for her weight led her to developing bulimia and sometimes severely restricting her food intake. As a child, she said she struggled with compulsive overeating. Lovato described the toll eating disorders had on her work, explaining that she performed shows on an empty stomach and began to lose her singing voice due to the purging. She eventually checked into a treatment center, where she learned coping skills to get her eating disorders and bipolar disorder under control.
In a 2012 USA Today interview, Elton John offered a male perspective on dealing with eating disorders. He explained that his struggles with bulimia, cocaine and alcohol addiction, and anger issues led him to behaving out of control and lashing out over minor things like hotel curtains he didn't like. He described how talking with Princess Diana, who also suffered from bulimia, helped him recover.