TikTok superstar Charli D’Amelio has opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder to encourage others to get the help they need.
On Thursday, Sept. 10, the 16-year-old social media star talked about her personal experiences on her Instagram Story, explaining that she felt “uncomfortable” about revealing her private battle with an eating disorder despite having been vocal about body image issues.
“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,” D’Amelio told her 28.4 million followers on Instagram.
D’Amelio provided a link to resources where her fans can seek help and said that by opening up about her eating disorder, she hopes to inspire others to get help.
“I know disorders are something that so many other people are also battling behind closed doors,” she added, before addressing the controversy over her use of the song “Prom Queen” by Beach Bunny in a now-deleted TikTok clip.
The track featured lyrics such as “Wish I, was like you, blue-eyed blondie, perfect body” and “Shut up, count your calories.”
The TikTok star, who now has over 86 million followers on the platform, apologized to those she “unintentionally” hurt and explained that she didn’t realize that the song could have “triggered” some of her fans.
“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 concluded her video.
This is not the first time that D’Amelio has talked about her struggles. In April, the TikTok celebrity opened up about cyberbullying and the comments aimed at her appearance.
On Twitter, D’Amelio asked her fans to stop commenting about her body, saying, “it’s not your place to tell me if i’m losing weight or gaining weight.”
The TikTok star also addressed her bullies in a video in February, explaining, “I have realized over the years that holding in all this hurt causes a lot more damage than reaching out to someone you trust.”
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