Dove Cameron Bravely Opens Up About Battling Eating Disorder in the Past

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It’s easy to look at celebrities and think their lives are completely perfect, but that’s definitely not the case. Many stars, both male and female alike, deal with real issues that non-famous people also face, including things like anxiety, heartbreak and eating disorders. Dove Cameron, for example, is currently at the top of her game in Hollywood, but her life wasn’t always easy.

“I’ve never said this before, but I had such a bad case of anorexia,” she told StyleCaster at the launch of Tic Tac’s new gum. “I was so badly down that hole. I was not eating for days sometimes. But it was because I thought I needed to be absolutely tiny to be loved. I genuinely thought I needed to be as skinny as I possibly could to be loved and appreciated and good enough.”

The 22-year-old eventually realized that many of her friends, some of whom were also on Disney Channel, also struggled with their eating habits and realized she needed to make a change in her own life to break the cycle and become a “real” role model.

She continued, “I started to watch some people that I knew personally go so far down the not-eating hole of trying to be so skinny, because that’s such a thing in Hollywood. We never want to say it, but it’s such a big thing. Girls try to be as thin as possible. Not all of them, but a lot of them.”

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“They were telling little girls that if they just watch what they eat and run that they will look like that and that they should look like that and that that’s the picture of health,” she added. “It made me so personally upset. That’s a blatant lie. That’s not OK. That’s not a role model. I realized that if I was going to be a role model then I needed to live like the girls that I needed when I was young.”

Dove now works “really hard to maintain health and a normality” and would much rather be real with her fans than try to pretend like she lives in a perfect little bubble.

“We’re in this weird phase right now in society where we’re like, ‘La, la, la. None of us has any issues, but just kidding, we have all the issues!’ I think it’s so much more important for me, for my young fans, for other celebrities to normalize something that can help so many people than it is to hide under the guise of having a perfect life. How boring is that? I don’t want to live under that pressure. I don’t want to be dishonest. I don’t want to say, ‘I’m so happy and everything is fine.'”

We’d personally SO much rather have celebs be real with us than try to paint a false picture of perfect and think it’s so important that the Descendants actress is trying to make that the norm in Hollywood.