Portia Rossi’s bulimia revelation is part of a new series produced by Entertainment Tonight called “It Got Better.” The actress is doing fine now after years of eating disorders that was a horrible painful struggle, according to ABC News.
“I felt tremendous responsibility when I was 12 years old and I was put on a catwalk,” the Arrested Development star, now 42, said in a statement.
Portia Rossi’s bulimia struggles with anorexia started when she was a child model. Her insecurities only grew from there and was painful. She said her modeling agents told her to go on a diet, so she didn’t eat for 10 days at a time, according to Daily Mail.
“I get up on this catwalk, and I’m a little kid, and I’m posing and trying to be sexy and strutting around,” she recalls, “and all the other models are making fun of my bushy eyebrows.”
Afterward, Portia says, she sought comfort in food. In 2000, she sought treatment for an eating disorder after her weight reportedly dropped to just 82 pounds.
“I got in the car after that event, and just opened up a bag of my favorite candy and put my whole head in it,” she says. “And I think, ‘S-t, what have I done? I just undid two weeks worth of dieting.’ I mean, I’m 12 years old. So then I vomit. Erase the feelings with food, erase the food by vomiting…but you’re still left with the shame.”
Portia Rossi, who is married to Ellen DeGeneres, has spoken publicly about her battle with eating disorders in the past and penned a memoir, “Unbearable Lightness,” in 2010 which addressed her struggles with her weight and sexuality.
“Nobody can really get inside the anorexic’s mind like the anorexic. I abused my body. I had bulimia. I would use (diet drug) fen-phen. I wanted to talk about all that,” Rossi said at the time.
In May 2014, Portia Rossi checked into a Malibu rehab facility for a one-month stay, reportedly for drug and alcohol treatment. She is now happy, healthy, and very successful.
Portia Rossi’s bulimia was a rumor in the tabloids for a couple of years. Up to 24 million people of all genders and ages suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the United States, notes ANAD.