Russell Brand says he first was bulimic at 14

Published: May 05, 2020

Russell Brand is a name many associate with a witty, gutsy British comedian who, dressed in more-than-skin-tight pants and long, curly hair, comes across as quirky. While the whole world seems to know about his battle with addictions and the countless women he’s had sex with, what many don’t know is that he battled an eating disorder.

“I was bulimic when I was 14,” he told The Daily Mail. “I had problems with food and self-harming, I’ve always had these odd compulsive traits looking for an outlet.

Growing up as a chubby only child, Russell says his battle with bulimia was greatly affected by this, especially when it returned as an adult.

“It’s awful to be bulimic but I lost a whole lot of weight when I needed to,” he told “I was a fat kid, not obese but chubby.”

He says he feels sorry for the child he was, and clearly hadn’t overcome his battle bulimia when he had it the first time.

“I didn’t master the bulimia, obviously”, he told The Guardian. “Of course I’ve been through lots of therapy. But I do feel a sense of ‘you poor little sod’. I loved my mum madly, but I had a lot of prohibiting, inhibiting things around. My feeling about my childhood was that it was lonely and difficult.”

Of the return of his bulimia, which occurred when he was in rehab for drug addictions, he said: “It was clearly about getting out of myself and isolation. Feeling inadequate and unpleasant.”

Now he’s one of The UK’s most prominent comedians, he’s hosted many huge shows, including the MTV Video Music Awards, and is dating Katy Perry: clearly his life is one success story after the other at the moment. But he says he works hard at himself. Now he keeps a trim figure (that allows him to fit into those oh-so-tight pants) with yoga, which he does five times a week.

Other celebrities who have battled bulimia include Paula AbdulGeri Halliwell and Sally Field.

Images:, Mark Freeman;, Brian Solis

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Published May 05, 2020 by in Celebrities
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