Taylor Swift’s eating disorder made her starve until she was dangerously thin

Taylor Swift has revealed in her new Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, that she battled a secret eating disorder for years, starving herself and exercising constantly to try to lose weight.

The starlet, 30, opened up about how paparazzi photos and cruel comments online would trigger her to "just stop eating" until she was dangerously thin.

“I tend to get triggered by something — whether it’s a picture of me where I feel like my tummy looked too big, or someone said that I looked pregnant or something — and that will trigger me to just starve a little bit," she explained.


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She added, "It's not good for me to see pictures of myself every day," and talked about the societal pressures on women to look a certain way, attaining to reach an impossible standard of beauty.

Because if you’re thin enough, then you don’t have that a*s that everybody wants," she said.

"But if you have enough weight on you to have an a*s, then your stomach isn’t flat enough.

“It’s all just impossible.”

Taylor said when she was 18 she was accused by a magazine of looking pregnant simply because her stomach didn't look flat.

She then received positive comments from stylists about her tiny frame as she lost weight, so she began to consider it a necessary part of her job.

She starved herself to a US size 00, which is a UK size 2, during her 1989 tour in 2014.

She was so hungry and malnourished, she often felt like she was going to pass out on stage.

If anyone expressed concern to her, Taylor would pretend she was just exercising and eating healthily – "but I wasn't eating".

The documentary then shows a comparison image of Taylor during her 1989 tour versus her more recent Reputation tour in 2018, where she is a healthier weight.

Now, 5'10 Taylor is a healthy US size 6 (UK size 8) and she says her relationship with her body has improved dramatically.

When she is tempted to judge her body harshly, she tells herself: “Nope. We don’t do that anymore.

"We do not do that anymore, because it’s better to think you look fat than to look sick.”

Taylor's fans applauded her for overcoming the illness and for going public about it.

"My heart goes out to her completely," said one on Twitter.

"Overcoming an eating disorder is one of the hardest things to do proud of you so much @taylorswift13," wrote another.

"Best thing she has ever done. Thanks for helping young girls, TS," added a third.

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