Nicole Scherzinger: “Don’t Give Up, You’re Meant For Something Special”

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Nicole Scherzinger is one of our fave female popstars. She has bucket loads of talent, is ridiculously hot, and always maintains a humble, sweet persona on TV and in interviews.

The former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman has enjoyed some pretty major success in her music and TV career, most recently appearing as a judge on the UK version of ‘The X Factor’. But just like any normal female human being, she has suffered her share of setbacks, and what’s refreshing is that she doesn’t use her past struggles as a way to bring in more fans, but to inspire them not to give up.

In the August issue of Cosmopolitan UK, the songstress opens up about her eating disorder which she only first admitted during her time as a judge on ‘The X Factor’ in 2012, and gives her advice to others going through the same ordeal.

“Scherzy”, as she is fondly called by her fans, said her twenties, when she was at the height of the Pussycat Dolls fame, was when she was going through the darkest time personally.

“[Bulimia] is such a horrible paralyzing disease and it was such a dark time for me. That’s why I can empathize so much with people who have demons and voices in their heads, who aren’t nice to themselves,” she says.

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Nicole also admits it can threaten your life, but you can have the ability to overcome.

” It robs you of living your life. But you can recover and you can get rid of it forever. I did it and that’s why it’s so important for me to share my story. I felt so alone… but I made myself so alone. You hide it from the world, you isolate yourself. But you can beat it – do not give up because you’re so special and you’re meant for such great things.”

She even goes into some detail about how the eating disorder affected her singing career.

“I had started losing my voice, I couldn’t sing at shows, and then I remember my manager finding me passed out on the floor in Malta or in the south of France. I thought, ‘I’m going to lose everything I love if I don’t love myself.’ “It took all the strength she had to decide not to descend further and further into the disease. It had to start with her being willing to do whatever it took to recover.

“One day when you feel like you’ve reached the end, you just say, ‘I’m not doing this anymore.’ It’s sad to see how I wasted my life. I had such a great life on the outside, the Dolls were on top of the world but I was miserable on the inside. I’m never letting that happen again; you only get one life – I was 27 only once.”

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The former Dancing With The Stars champion and girlfriend of Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton said in the interview that because of the very nature of Bulimia, which is much easier to hide than anorexia, it went unnoticed by those around her.

“I hid it that well, I was so ashamed. I knew it wasn’t normal or healthy because I was hurting myself through this cycle of disordered eating. It was my drug, my addiction. It’s an endless vicious cycle.”

Although eating disorders are one of the most common killers among young women in America today, there are still a lot of myths and uneducated assumptions surrounding the diseases such as bulimia, over-eating, and anorexia. In 2012 we interviewed teen girl Cami Julaine who has suffered with an eating disorder since she was 8. In the interview where she talks about her mentor Paula Abdul helping her get back on her feet, she goes into detail about how little her parents knew when it came to looking for the signs of an eating disorder.

“They would see me eating junk food all the time and figured “Oh she’s eating, she’s fine” and didn’t know I had an eating disorder. I guess they weren’t educated enough to see the signs, or know what an eating disorder is and how many types there are. The media paints a picture of people with eating disorders as only people with anorexia so how are we to know what the signs really are?” she said.

Cami also mentions hearing about Nicole Scherzinger’s battle with bulimia and how that inspired her not to give up on her own recovery.

Which goes back to the whole reason why the singer wants to talk about it in the first place: as a source of encouragement for other girls.

“I never spoke about it, I never want to play a victim and I never wanted my family to hear about things from me because I think it would break their heart. It was my addiction. I never did drugs, but doing things to myself was my addiction,” said Nicole to Cosmo.

It’s not only brave for Nicole to speak about her battle, it is necessary and important. We can always find positive ways to use our struggles to inspire others, and celebrities are uniquely placed in a position where their wield a lot of influence. We applaud “Scherzy” for being a straight talker and empowering others to know life doesn’t have to end with an eating disorder. She is right, you ARE meant for something great!

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