Halsey is one of the few Hollywood celebrities that have never shied away from talking about mental health and other social issues. While she has always received praise for being super candid, this time, her opening up about her struggle with an eating disorder landed the singer in trouble.
It happened when the ‘Without Me’ singer participated in an ongoing social media trend, where followers ask their favorite celebrities to post a picture of certain moments on their Instagram stories.
One of the requests Halsey received was for a picture from her ‘lowest point’ in life. To this, the 26-years-old artist shared a picture of herself that triggered negative criticism from her followers.
In the picture that is presumably an old shot, Halsey is wearing only underwear and has captured her side profile. The singer looks dangerously thin in the photograph; it is captioned ‘TW: ED Ask for help’ with a purple heart.
The picture was posted on her Instagram story. Still, the trigger warning didn’t actually serve as a true warning as anyone going through her story would have already got an eyeful. The picture has since been deleted from her account.
If you want to see the picture that’s the topic of discussion, it is pasted right below. It’s quite an upsetting image, so here’s your TRIGGER WARNING.
Don’t scroll any further or zoom past the photo really fast, if you think it might be too much for you.
The ‘Manic’ artist started receiving backlash right off the bat, not labeling the triggering content properly. Halsey took to Twitter to respond to her fans, saying, “I don’t need to be yelled at in the name of being educated right now.
I made an honest mistake because I was nervous about sharing one of the worst times of my life with tens of millions of people. My desire to be confident overshadowed my knowledge of how to share triggering content.” The tweet has since been deleted.
The singer later apologized to her followers saying that it was never her intention to hurt anyone. “I am very sorry for posting a photo of myself depicting my struggle with ED without a sufficient trigger warning.
I was very nervous about posting it and didn’t think properly. I had positive intentions. I would never want to harm someone who shares my struggle, “she said.
Sharing such a sensitive personal experience with millions of people can be tricky. We believe that Halsey was coming from a genuine want to reach out to people who have had a similar experience. Still, because she had never said anything about having an eating disorder before, she made an honest mistake. We hope our favorite singer is in a much happier and healthier place now.
What’s concerning is that Halsey isn’t the only celebrity who has fought an eating disorder. Here are 12 celebrities who have also battled eating disorders.
1. Lady Gaga
It was in 2012 that Lady Gaga opened up about her struggle with bulimia. Speaking at an event, the singer said that wanting to be a skinny ballerina, she used to throw up all the time when she was in high school. It had a bad impact on her voice, so she had to stop.
2. Taylor Swift
In her Netflix documentary titled Miss Americana, Taylor Swift talked about her eating disorder that she kept hidden from the world. She said that it was often triggered by paparazzi pictures and the negative comments she received on her looks and body.
3. Jessica Alba
In a panel at a wellness summit, Jessica Alba talked about how she stopped eating a lot in an attempt to get rid of her curves. She said that her body got her too much-unwanted attention, so she made herself look like a boy.
4. Demi Lovato
There are a number of celebrities with eating disorders and Demi Lovato is one of them. She started binge eating when she was only 8 years old. She shared that food is one of the biggest challenges in her life. In a YouTube documentary that came out in 2017, Demi said that she ends up binging when she feels lonely.
5. Hilary Duff
At the age of 17, Hilary Duff developed an eating disorder. She revealed in an interview that she was obsessed with everything she put in her mouth. The actress weighed just 98 pounds and said that because she was not getting the nutrition she needed, her body wasn’t healthy at all.
6. Elton John
Hollywood star, Elton John has battled many addictions and bulimia is also one of them. He says that he was paranoid about his weight but couldn’t stop himself from eating, so in the end, he would make himself sick and throw up. John has overcome bulimia; he had revealed in 2019.
7. Lucy Hale
The Pretty Little Liar, Lucy Hale, has also dealt with body image problems since a very young age. She told Cosmopolitan in 2012 that she would go days without eating and she had a fruit or something she’d go to the gym for hours.
8. Lily Collins
The actress did a character in a film called To the Bone, in which she played a girl battling anorexia. Collins later opened up about her own struggles with an eating disorder. She used to restrict her food intake and take laxatives and diet pills.
9. Portia de Rossi
When she started modeling in her pre-teen years is when Portia developed an eating disorder.
10. Zayn Malik
In 2016, the ‘Pillow Talk’ singer revealed that he was struggling with an eating disorder during his One Direction days. The workload and stress were getting the better of him.
11. Lana Candor
The Netflix star told Elle Canada that she knows what’s it like to have an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. She went through it all during her dancing days.
In an interview with Vogue, the singer revealed that she thought being hungry to the point she fainted was a positive thing. It was that point in her life when outsiders thought she looked great but inside she was at her lowest.
But do not act like these jerk celebrities in any case!
The unreal expectations that these celebrities have to meet to be accepted on screen drive many of them towards extreme measures. The only way to battle this is to re-image what a beautiful body looks like. The femininity and masculinity ideals in our society need to be dismantled. Pronto!