Lily Collins opens up about her struggle with anorexia: ‘I’m not ashamed’

By Emmy Griffiths

Lily Collins has revealed why she decided to speak openly about overcoming an eating disorder. Speaking to SHAPE magazine, the actress explained. "I did consider that talking about my struggles with an eating disorder would overshadow my accomplishments as an actor, but I also knew this was something I needed to do to move forward as a human and an actress. I needed to let go."

Lily Collins Lily opened up about her eating disorder

The actress is also currently starring in a new Netflix film, To the Bone, which follows an anorexic woman's struggle to recover, and opened up about the decision to take on the project. She said: "Although I was in recovery for several years before the movie, preparing for the film allowed me to gather facts about eating disorders from professionals. It was a new form of recovery for me. I got to experience it as my character, Ellen, but also as Lily."

The Love, Rosie actress is very health-conscious, and revealed that she will stay away from processed food. "I'm very farm-to-table; growing up in the English countryside, it was a way of life, not a trend," she said. "I (also) treat myself to the occasional dessert when I'm out with a friend. But on the daily, I want to give my body what it needs to be the best version of myself. When I splurge, it's usually on things that I've baked, because it's satisfying physically and emotionally."

The trailer for her new film was released on Tuesday, and garnered a strong reaction from viewers, with many concerned that the eating disorder subject matter might be triggering for those who suffer from the disorder. One person wrote: "Hoping 'To the Bone' will be eye opening and helpful rather than triggering and glamourising anorexia," while another added: "Before y'all go off about To the Bone maybe do your research it's written and directed by someone who had an eating disorder."

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