Christina Ricci: I Was Outed For My Eating Disorder

March 6, 2012 By:
Christina Ricci: I Was Outed For My Eating Disorder

From ‘The Addams Family’ to her latest role in ‘Pan Am,’ Christina Ricci has proven that she’s got staying power. And while she says she’s “never been very Hollywood,” she did reveal her struggle to grow up in the spotlight.

Ricci graces the April cover of Marie Claire UK, and in it, she admits a painful secret she had to overcome as a teenager.

"Somebody actually found out about it and outed [me] while I was recovering [from an eating disorder]," she told the magazine. "It was a horrifying thing to do to a 14-year-old trying to cope with a devastating illness. And, out of rage, I vowed that no one would ever be able to out me for a secret again. So I was going to be completely honest in the rest of my life. I don't want to be hurt in that way again."

Back in January, Ricci openly discussed her struggle with anorexia on ‘The Talk.’

"I think it's just really awkward to go through puberty, and go through growing up and becoming a woman, when everybody is always kind of looking at you," Ricci said about the pressures teenagers feel.

"And especially -- you're doing fittings for a movie, and people are judging how this looks on you and how that looks on you. And you just get very uncomfortable and you never want anyone to be able to criticize you."
Ricci told Marie Claire she’s grown past trying to get everyone to accept her.

"It took a while for me to be comfortable with who I was," she said about growing into her fame. "To realize everyone might not get my sense of humor; everyone might not like me. You know what, I'm not going to change who I am. I've tried. It doesn't work."