Bebe Rexha isn’t shy when it comes to her health.
The “Last Hurrah” singer recently discussed her body image and weight struggles with Health for her June cover, saying that she’s her happiest when she lets herself be free.
“Ever since I was little, I’ve been thicker,” she began. “When I first got signed to one of my deals, my managers were like, ‘Are you ready to get into boot-camp shape?’ I was like, ‘Sure! What does that mean?’ They told me to lose 20 pounds, and it kind of messed me up. I went through a point of really not liking myself, and I still have my moments—but I just started trying to be nice to myself and doing things every day. I walk around the house in just underwear and a bra. My therapist told me, ‘You should walk around naked; it helps.’ I’m like, ‘I can’t do that yet!’”
The “Meant To Be” songstress added, “I see pop stars who are super thin. I could definitely get there. I’ve done it before, where I was 120-something pounds—and I was just miserable. I was always cold, never eating; I had no ass. Now I look at those pictures like, ‘Oh my God, I was so skinny.’ But I wouldn’t go back there.”
Rexha, 29, explained that she doesn’t deprive herself of her favorite foods including pizza and chicken parmesan, even if it means that she fits into a size 8 instead of something smaller. She previously called out designers in an Instagram video for not wanting to dress her from the Grammys because she was “too big.”
“I was hurt,” she told Health of the experience. “There are a lot of showrooms that lend out dresses. And they’re the meanest people sometimes. I shouldn’t say that because now I’m probably never gonna get anything loaned to me. Some of them are incredible, but some are so gossipy.”
Rexha also revealed via Twitter in April that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, saying at the time: “I don’t want you to feel sorry for me. I just want you to accept me. That’s all. Love you.”
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