You may feel like you really got to know Lauren Alaina through her music and time on American Idol, but in a new interview, the star confessed that she was secretly struggling with an eating disorder.
"I had bulimia for a few years," the star told Time. "I was really sick. I don’t know that person, I can’t believe that was me."
"I just desperately wanted to be thin. That’s all I thought. I was obsessed with it, which it was ridiculous because I had everything going for me," she added. "I was following my dream. Everything I wanted at the time, I was getting. But I was obsessed with this other thing that was making me unhappy."
Lauren shared exactly how she worked to overcome her disorder, and her story of progress is both heartbreaking and inspirational.
"My mom made me look in the mirror every day and say three things that I loved about myself. At first, I couldn’t name anything. It was so sad," she said. "When my mom made me do that, I looked in the mirror and I literally couldn’t name one thing that I loved about myself."
Now, she has found it easier to compliment herself. "I really like my eyelashes. That is such a stupid small thing, but it can be anything. I like to be funny and outgoing. I try to remind myself of the things that I like about myself that make me who I am."
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