Lea Michele Talks About Eating Disorder

11/17/2011 08:40 PM ET

Lea Michele - Glee star Lea Michele is rumored to have an eating disorder. She recently told Allure magazine that despite her vegan diet, she can really chow down, and that the rumors are false.

“People get confused, like, you know, I just eat grass,” the actress jokes about her veganism in the December issue. Although she’s said that her diet does help her stay in shape, the actress tells Allure that just because she doesn’t eat animal products doesn’t mean she can’t pig out.

“I’m half Italian,” she says. “I can eat some b—s under the table.”

But her weight loss isn’t all due to her diet. Michele, 25, explains that she had surgery for a jaw infection, which also caused her to drop pounds.

This isn’t the first time the former Broadway star has had to defend her looks. She says early in her career, it was suggested that she get plastic surgery. “I went to meet a manager who said, you have to get a nose job in order for me to work with you.”

Luckily, Michele’s mother put the kibosh on that idea. “My mother would say to me, ‘Barbra Streisand never got a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And this was before I really even knew who Barbra was. I just knew that she was, like, the messiah for girls like me.”

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