Charli D’Amelio has opened up about secretly struggling with an eating disorder.
The TikTok star, who regularly critises people online for commenting on others’ weight and shape, took to Instagram stories to share the very personal struggle.
“I’ve always tried to use my voice when it comes to issues surrounding body image, but I’ve never talked about my own struggles with eating disorders. It’s so uncomfortable to admit to even your closest friends and family, let alone the world,” she said.
“I’ve been afraid to share that I have an eating disorder, but ultimately I hope that by sharing this I can help someone else,”
“I know eating disorders are something that so many other people are also battling behind closed doors,” Charli continued.
She then went on to apologise for using the song Prom Queen by Beach Bunny in a now-deleted TikTok. The song includes lyrics like “Shut up, count your calories” and “Wish I, was like you, blue-eyed blondie, perfect body.”
The singer behind the song previosly explained: “The lyrics are a criticism on modern beauty standards and the harmful effects beauty standards can have on people.”
Charli apologised for using the song adding she didn’t mean to hurt anyone.
“I deeply and truly apologize and I hope you know that I never intended to cause you harm,” she said.
“For anyone struggling with this, I know some days can be worse than others, but I really hope you’ll swipe up and get help if you need it. I need you to know you are not alone. Remember it’s ok to reach out and get help. We all need help sometimes.”
She finished by asking those in need to stay strong.
Charli is proof that you can be super successful and popular and even rich and still massively struggle with a mental health issue. Sadly mental health conditions don’t discriminate and anyone can be suffering.
This is an important reminder to check in on your ‘strong’ friends, and check in with yourself too.
If you think you might have an eating disorder the most important step is telling someone you trust, like a parent, guardian or teacher.
You can also check out Bodywhys, the eating disorder assosiation of Ireland which provides lots of information and support to those who are suffering from an eating disorder as well as their family and friends.
You are not alone. Help is always available.