Gabourey Sidibe talked about living with an eating disorder in a recently-released preview for an upcoming episode of Taraji P Henson’s talk show Peace Of Mind With Taraji.
During the episode, which is set to be released on Monday, the 37-year-old actress opened up about her battle with bulimia – which began in college – and the factors that worsened her condition over the years.
The Precious star was bulimic before she went from 300lbs to 150lbs in 2016 with the help of laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
Opening up: Gabourey Sidibe discussed her battles with bulimia and depression in a preview for an episode of Taraji P. Henson’s talk show Peace Of Mind With Taraji set to premiere on January 25th
Sidibe talked openly about her bulimia.
‘It was about me surviving the day. It was about controlling this emotion that was uncontrollable. I hated this emotion so much, I hated it.’
She then said eating became what she described as a ‘fun little button’ and that whenever she was feeling sad she would utilize her coping mechanism in excess.
The White Bird In A Blizzard actress also noted that the praise of individuals around her enabled her to ignore that her condition was becoming detrimental to her health.
Reasoning: The Academy Award-winning actress stated that the reason her eating disorder spiraled out of hand was because ‘it stopped me from crying’
‘People were like,” You’re looking good.” You know? So why would I stop? It’s like, this was dope, in a way,’ the actress related.
She went on to highlight the connection between her emotions and her eating habits and how eating in excess was one of the only ways that she would make herself feel at ease.
Sidibe explained: ‘It was like a self-defense mechanism, that’s what bulimia was for me. It wasn’t about losing weight, it wasn’t about controlling my appetite, it truly was about how it stopped me from crying.’
The Academy Award-winning actress then noted how bulimia eventually compounded her depression and why that only made things worse for her.
‘Being depressed is one thing, but if you add an eating disorder to that, that’s a whole other monster that you have to fight,’ she stated.
This is not the first time that Sidibe has opened up about her battle with bulimia, as she previously spoke about her battle with the health condition in her 2017 memoir.
In the book, she revealed that her struggles with both bulimia and depression eventually led her to experience suicidal thoughts, which she treated with therapy and medication.
In 2016, the actress decided to actively improve her health and began working out with various trainers in an effort to begin losing weight in an effective manner.
In May of that year, she chose to undergo laparoscopic bariatric surgery to make her weight loss program more effective than it otherwise would have been.
After recovering from the procedure, she hired a nutritionist to keep tabs on the amount of food that she eats and help her make the right choices with what she is putting into her body.
She also continues to maintain a fitness regimen and consults a trainer regularly to make sure that she does not reverse any of her progress to date.
A new look: She reportedly used to weigh 300lbs and in 2020 lost close to 150lbs after undergoing laparoscopic bariatric surgery
Sidibe has since gone on to become a vocal advocate for mental health issues and often uses her Instagram account to bring attention to issues surrounding the matter.
Her love life has picked up. Sidibe is engaged to Brandon Frankel. The actress and her boyfriend confirmed they’re set to tie the knot, after they took to social media to confirm they’re now engaged.
Gabourey wrote on Instagram: ‘It’s weird that people think we’re already married but I guess our hearts and intentions for each other are just that clear to see. My BFF proposed and now I get to hold him forever. The funniest man I’ve ever met. The sweetest human to exist.
Talking it out: Sidibe has since gone on to become a vocal advocate for mental health issues and often uses her Instagram account to bring attention to issues surrounding the matter.
‘@brandontour made up a song for when i put my bonnet on at night. The second I look a bit stressed and overwhelmed, he jumps into action to take over what he can for me. Every moment with him is a joy. He is the partner i thought I was too independent to need.
‘I’ve learned so much about myself through him and I feel grateful and excited to learn more about the entire world with him by my side. My partner, my best friend, my cats’ daddy, my mans, my heart, my fiancé!!! (sic)’
And Brandon also confirmed the news on his own Instagram account, where he praised his partner with being the ‘most amazing’ woman he’s ever met.
He gushed: ‘I asked my best friend to marry me, and she said ‘YES’! So excited to spend the rest of my life with the most amazing, hilarious, beautiful, and inspiring woman I’ve ever known. I couldn’t imagine a life without you. We make the best team, and we make everything fun and memorable. I liked it, so I put a [ring] on it. Love you to the moon and back @gabby3shabby.’
Set to wed: Her love life has picked up. Sidibe is engaged to Brandon Frankel. The actress and her boyfriend confirmed they’re set to tie the knot, after they took to social media to confirm they’re now engaged