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Portia de Rossi Stopped Eating For 10 Days As A 12yo Model

Portia De Rossi, has revealed she once went 10 days without eating when she was just 12 years old.

The Aussie actress and wife of Ellen DeGeneres has opened up about her past eating disorder in the doco - It Got Better.

Revealing she suffered from anorexia and bulimia, Portia spoke of the pressure she felt to be skinny while modelling. 

“My modeling agents had told me to go on a diet. So I didn't eat for 10 days before then,” she said.


In an effort to deal with bullying in the industry, she turned to binge eating in an effort to cope.

"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. And I think 's***, what have I done? I just undid two weeks worth of dieting," she said.

"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."

At the height of her illness, Portia weighed just 38 kilograms.

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