Nicole Scherzinger Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder

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Nicole Scherzinger, the former star of girl group the Pussycat Dolls and a current judge on the British version of X Factor, opened up about her battle with bulimia in the August issue of Cosmopolitan UK.

I had such a great life on the outside, the Dolls were on top of the world but I was miserable on the inside.-Nicole ScherzingerThe singer’s eating disorder dominated her 20’s and nearly destroyed her music career. “I had started losing my voice, I couldn’t sing at shows, and then I remember my manager finding me passed out on the floor in Malta or in the south of France. I thought, ‘I’m going to lose everything I love if I don’t love myself,’” she said. “It’s sad to see how I wasted my life. I had such a great life on the outside, the Dolls were on top of the world but I was miserable on the inside.”

Although she remained mum on her treatment plan and whether she attended rehab for her eating disorder, Scherzinger now considers herself to be recovered. She’s now hoping to continue using her celebrity status as a platform to share her story and inspire others to overcome addiction.

“I can empathise so much with people who have demons and voices in their heads, who aren’t nice to themselves. It robs you of living your life…that’s why it’s so important for me to continue sharing my story,” she said. “I felt so alone… but I made myself so alone. You hide it from the world, you isolate yourself. But you can beat it – do not give up because you’re so special and you’re meant for such great things.”

Scherzinger previously admitted in a 2012 Behind the Music special that she once had a self-harming addiction, which started when she was a member of the Pussycat Dolls. “I just hated myself. I was in a group but I never felt so alone in my life,” she said. “I never did drugs, but hurting myself was the addiction. I must be an artist because I’m f#cked up!”

However, Scherzinger is hardly the only person in the music industry to struggle with an eating disorder.

Many singers have fought and won their battle with bulimia:

  • Alanis Morissette
  • Paula Abdul
  • Elton John
  • Demi Lovato
  • Britney Spears
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lily Allen
  • Cheryl “Salt” Wray (of Salt N’ Pepa)

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