Lady Gaga Reveals Lifelong Struggle with Eating Disorder

09/26/2012 at 11:45 AM ET

Lady Gaga
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After receiving quite a bit of negative attention for her recent weight gain (she put on 25 pounds), Lady Gaga took to her social media website,, to respond — and to reveal a painful secret.

On Tuesday, Gaga posted a photo (left) of herself wearing nothing but a yellow bra and underwear, along with this caption: “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.” With the picture, she announced the launch of a new movement, “A Body Revolution 2013,” meant to encourage body acceptance.

The singer added a second shot with her arms stretched in the air saying, “But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION.” Two more photos, in which Gaga shows off her backside, are also included in the post with the captions, “To inspire bravery” and “BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION.”

On her site, Gaga explains that the inspiration behind the movement stemmed from the Born This Way Foundation, an organization she started with her mother to stop bullying and embrace individuality. “This profile is an extension of that dream,” she wrote. “Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws,’ as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.”

Unsurprisingly, the Mother Monster’s positive message resonated with her Little Monsters. Soon after the post went up, fans began flooding the website with photos of themselves in their underwear and sharing their own personal struggles with body image issues.

“I have been startled and overwhelmed with pride and emotion the past few days. Gratitude mostly,” Gaga wrote in a letter to her fans, thanking them for their outpouring of support for her cause. “You are proud to be born this way, and brave in your vulnerability with this community. Watching you all create a safe space online for people to be compassionate is the greatest gift you could ever give me.” Tell us: What do you think of Gaga’s Body Revolution? Do you think that this was the right way to respond to the haters?

–Jennifer Cress


FILED UNDER: BodyWatch , Lady Gaga
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Denise on

Ya Know..God Bless Her! & People Should just LEAVE Her ALONE! She Want’s A FAMILY…Including>BABIES< & Anyone who has consciously Tried to Start One Can SEE She Is EATING & Getting HEALTHY! Maybe she quit smoking too!? Can't We Just STOP HATING And Simply Love One Another!? ….I Say GOOD FOR HER! & I Hope She Gets Her Hearts Desire! Look How Much Of Her Heart She's Given Her Fans…just sayin LOVE! <3

derrikluvjsimps on

this girl will do anything for attention. Demi Lovato owns this subject. sit down gaga

guest on

This moron just wants attention. If Lady Gaga lived in a country without the privileged access to food that there is in the US, I guarantee she and others would not be fat or have eating disorders. She’s looks completely normal to me and her PR person needs a raise since this is news.

JVbu on

So where is it she gained 25 lbs…in her hairdo?? I love her ‘Be proud of who you are’ attitude and all but if I was still a teenage girl, reading a ‘look at how fat I’ve gotten & I still love myself’ as a caption along with that pic, I’d feel WORSE about myself. Posting a pic in your underwear & proclaiming you’re proud of how fat you’ve gotten when YOU’RE NOT FAT does nothing but show you’re an attention seeker.

derrikluvjsimps on

anything for attention. Demi Lovato already owns this subject, sit down “gaga”!

Trae on

Society loves to see others fail…makes themselves feel better. Lady gaga is smart, talented, beautiful…..why wouldn’t anyone who has their own complex and self esteem issues be happy that she put on weight. It validates them and makes her seem real. Not a big deal….as a 43 year old woman I have too struggled with my weight. While I’m not huge I am certainly not the the size 6 I was in my 20’s, however, I don’t dwell on it, I live my life, I try to eat well, and my husband still calls me sexy. I think lady gaga is beautiful. In our world with all the hate these days we should all try to be nicer to each other…..superstar or not!

Robyn on

She looks great. However there is no way that is the body that was in that dress in the other photo.

kay on

She is beautiful!!! She need not change a thing!

Carolyn Roberson on

I’m proud of her! Best picture EVER of GaGa. It’s her, for real, no hype.

Megan on

Wow! I wished I looked like that after gaining 25lbs!

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