Singer Nicole Scherzinger discussed battling bulimic during her time with the Pussycat Girls during a revealing interview for Vh1’s Behind the Music.
According to a clip on Entertainment Weekly, bulimia became an addiction for Scherzinger.
“I guess it was like my addiction, right?” she said. “I never did drugs, but kinda doing things to myself was my addiction. It’s like when I got offstage, I was on this high, and I’d come back to my room and I’d be alone, so I would just do things. My bulimia was my addiction; hurting myself was my addiction.”
Scherzinger claims in another preview that she did most of the vocal work while with the Pussycat Dolls.
“I’ll never forget I finished the album, PCD. And [producer] Ron [Fair] and I brought the girls into the studio and we played it for them. It was the first time they ever heard the music,” Scherzinger said. “Do you understand what I’m saying? We played the album for the Pussycat Dolls. It was the first time they heard the songs.”
The sudden thrust into fame with the Pussycat Dolls seemed to have been a lonely time for Scherzinger.
“I just hated myself,” said Scherzinger. “I was in a group, and I never felt so alone in my life.”
Scherzinger has since bounced back after the Pussycat Dolls disbanded in 2010. The current X Factor U.K. judge (she got the axe on the American X Factor after one season) told The Daily Mail in 2011 she’s been “more relaxed about her body.” The singer has also recorded an audio PSA about the issue urging people with similar issues to visit the mental illness support website, halfofus.com.
By revealing her own struggles, Scherzinger has added her voice to the current body image conversation. Recently, Lady Gaga admitted her struggles after posting a photo of herself in her underwear on her social fan website, littlemonsters.com. The photo was captioned as “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.”
Since then, a myriad of fans have posted photos of themselves with revelations of struggles, pride and gratitude for their Mother Monster’s courage. —Portia Baladad