Lily Collins Admits to Suffering Through Multiple Eating Disorders

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Lily Collins is living her life ~unfiltered~, hence the name of her upcoming first book, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, which is tapped for release on March 7 via HarperCollins. In said novel, the 27-year-old actress opens up about the things everyone struggles with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating and more. While she focused on the relationships and dating aspects of the project in other interviews, she’s opening up about the body image and self-confidence portions in her latest Q&As, and they’re truly eye-openers.

During an interview IMDb Studio at Sundance, the star of 2013’s The Mortal Instruments reveals her struggle with multiple eating disorders, while discussing her new movie, To the Bone, which hones in on a young woman who’s dealing with anorexia. “This was definitely a more dramatic role for me,” she explains, “I suffered with eating disorders when I was a teenager as well. I wrote a book last year and I wrote my chapter on my experiences a week before I got Marti [Noxon]‘s script and it was like the universe putting these things in my sphere to help me face, kind of dead on, a fear that I used to have.”

She continues, “And, a way to explain it as someone who’s gone through it and to open up a topic that is considered quite taboo with young people nowadays, male, female, and to really start a conversation.”

“It caused me to have to emotionally go there,” she adds, “but in a way that was the most safe, healthy way possible with a nutritionist, and really to physically go there, but also emotionally, and it did require a different set of emotional skills, to kind of go back in time for me, with you know, my experiences. So definitely a different type of film for me to do, very, very personal.”

“It was something I had gone through as a teenager that I had never spoken about,” she says in a separate interview, with The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s a topic that is taboo, I think, with young girls,” she echoes in another Q&A with Entertainment Tonight, “and it’s really important to tell a story with this subject matter in the way that we tell it.”
Lily is far from the first female celebrity to battle an eating disorder. Fortunately, all of these beauties fought hard to overcome the struggle: