In Gabourey Sidibe's new memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, the actress reveals a weighty secret.
The 33-year-old Empire star went under the knife to lose weight in May 2016, undergoing laparoscopic bariatric surgery after she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,People reveals in an excerpt of Sidibe's new book.
“My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half," she wrote. "This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change."
The memoir, out May 1 via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, also details her mental health struggles, including battles with depression, anxiety and bulimia.“The surgery wasn’t the easy way out,” she continued. “I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”
Over the past few months, the actress has showed off her weight loss on Instagram, with her fans cheering her on in the comments.
Sidibe also discussed her post-surgery love life with People, claiming that she'd "love to be dating."
“I looked around a good five months ago, and I realized: Every single person that I hang out with is either a gay man or a woman, and neither one of those people are gonna (expletive) me," she joked. "Or marry me. That’s the ultimate goal."
According to the book's official site, This Is Just My Face "shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters (Sidibe's) played onscreen," including the story of her first job "as a phone sex 'talker.''"
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2009 about her Oscars-nominated role in Precious, Sidibe explained why she was so proud to be a plus-size woman.
"My first diet started when I was 6-years-old. I've never been a small girl," she said. "One day, I had to sit down with myself and deiced that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body... I got tired of feeling bad all the time. I got tired of hating myself."
The actress has previously been the brunt of Twitter harassment, including ugly comments about her 2014 Golden Globes dress.
"To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK" she tweeted in response.Read More...
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