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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alyr on

It’s half a message. The message isn’t supposed to be “I was Born This Way” but “I can control MY LIFE”. She omitted the drinking and drugs and starving for FAME being the problem. Everybody knows with clean eating you will get the proper body but it’s “hard”. With her money she should have a personal chef and no issues at all FFS. There’s more to this story than weight gain. HINT: “boyfriend”. Did not have to be mentioned.

catherean on

People need to stop lieing she look Bad they tell you not safe to be that little they is not noghting wrong Puting on weight. It you people. Will not kill me couse you think little look good.

elizabeth on

women need to embrace their bodies and be happy with themselves…if you arn’t, you can’t expect anyone else to appreciate you for you. to all women out there…respect yourself…whatever your size, because it doesn’t matter as long as you are happy. such a shame the world (men) have put such strong (perfect) standards on women that they can’t adheire to.

Kim on

Needs more attention?

joan719 on

She looks well proportioned, healthy and is also very pretty.

Neil on

I am not really attracted to full figured women, however I can’t stand skinny ones. Why do all women with a nice set of hips and a nice can think that they are too fat? If they are walking down the street, every man turns and looks( as long as the mrs. isn’t around).

mjr1515 on

she looks fine…I think she has some talent too. But the whole crazy costumes and whatnot keeps a lot of people from appreciating it.

Doug on

Oh come on, folks! She’s just another short, dumpy Hollywood flash in the pan. She looks great? Compared with what, a female walrus?

leon on

too many tatoos.

Joe on

Her actions sets a poor example for her young fans

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