Lady Gaga Reveals Lifelong Struggle with Eating Disorder

09/26/2012 at 11:45 AM ET

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After receiving quite a bit of negative attention for her recent weight gain (she put on 25 pounds), Lady Gaga took to her social media website,, to respond — and to reveal a painful secret.

On Tuesday, Gaga posted a photo (left) of herself wearing nothing but a yellow bra and underwear, along with this caption: “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.” With the picture, she announced the launch of a new movement, “A Body Revolution 2013,” meant to encourage body acceptance.

The singer added a second shot with her arms stretched in the air saying, “But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION.” Two more photos, in which Gaga shows off her backside, are also included in the post with the captions, “To inspire bravery” and “BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION.”

On her site, Gaga explains that the inspiration behind the movement stemmed from the Born This Way Foundation, an organization she started with her mother to stop bullying and embrace individuality. “This profile is an extension of that dream,” she wrote. “Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws,’ as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.”

Unsurprisingly, the Mother Monster’s positive message resonated with her Little Monsters. Soon after the post went up, fans began flooding the website with photos of themselves in their underwear and sharing their own personal struggles with body image issues.

“I have been startled and overwhelmed with pride and emotion the past few days. Gratitude mostly,” Gaga wrote in a letter to her fans, thanking them for their outpouring of support for her cause. “You are proud to be born this way, and brave in your vulnerability with this community. Watching you all create a safe space online for people to be compassionate is the greatest gift you could ever give me.” Tell us: What do you think of Gaga’s Body Revolution? Do you think that this was the right way to respond to the haters?

–Jennifer Cress


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Dogman69 on

By Hollywood standards she is obese. By us normal folk, she is one incredibly hot beauty.

Marco on

I don’t get what people are talking about… She looked sickly before, but now? She looks awesome! I hope she stays like this or not lose any weight. I’m not a fan of Gaga but I hate that people have been bashing her for her weight (especially because she looks incredible!). This bullying seriously needs to end!

Josie on

YES! The perfect way to address the issue. She is brave and wonderful, and battling a horrible disease. Trying to come to terms with being a normal sized person is hard!
My sister is in recovery for an eating disorder, and I know how hard each and every step is and continues to be.
Much love to Gaga and all those who suffer. <3

Gwend100 on

If that’s what she looks like now after an additional 25lbs I would hate to see what she looked like before. She looks great to me!

Goodforher on

Unfortunately bullying comes from the minds of little people who have no self-esteem and hide behind computers with their comments. It’s really sad! I love that she is taking this public. I hope it helps ALOT of adults and kids!

Suzanne on

She looks good! Just a nice, good, healthy size.

PS on

What a shame people have given her grief. She looks healthy, curvy, wonderful – heck I wish I was in that good of shape.

RB on

she looks like kim kardashian………………FAT!!!!!

nicole on

she looks great!!!

Angela on

It’s sad that people have body issues when they look like she does. She looks beautiful just the way she is.

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