Did this sneak up on anyone else?
With a hit television show and a successful music career, Brandy Norwood was one of the biggest stars of the 1990s, but her life was far from perfect.
On tonight’s episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” the 33-year-old reveals her struggle with an eating disorder as a teen.
“I wanted to be thin. That was my main thing. So I started not taking care of myself — not eating properly, not eating at all, diet pills, regurgitating, all all of these things that girls do,” she revealed to VH1.
The singer and actress explained that even with all her No. 1 singles, a starring role on the series “Moesha” and a decent film career, she always felt as if she was falling short.
“People don’t understand that being the hottest star or making the most money does not mean anything,” she said. “I’m here to tell you I was making so much money — I was omnipresent — and I was the unhappiest teenager probably in the world.”
Did I miss all of this? Why was this not a bigger deal?
Are Black celebrities often coming out admitting they had eating disorders and it’s just run of the mill news, now? Or are you guys slippin’ on sending me stuff? [shakes fist]
The comments section on the HuffPo article are rife with people criticizing her for the car accident she caused, or saying “pfft – eating disorder…I had one, everyone had one… nothing new” – but is this really nothing new? And why was there no huge fanfare about this on any of the major “urban media publications?”
Oh, because Black women are too fat to have eating disorders. My bad.