Katharine McPhee Reveals Eating Disorder

June 22nd, 2006 // 22 Comments

Yes, America’s newest sweetheart, American Idol runner up Katharine McPhee, has battled bulimia. Choosing wisely to reveal her secret before it was uncovered by the tabloids was a smart move on Katharine’s part.

She sought help for the disorder at an LA clinic, and has been supported by her parents and boyfriend Nick Cokas during her recovery. It was so bad at one point that she was throwing up seven times a day. This is all a very recent thing, so let’s hope that the pressure’s of stardom don’t overwhelm the singer.

People‘s Jamie Bufalino revealed of Kat’s struggle with weight, which she claims started as a teen. Bufalino told us that McPhee credits “Idol” with saving her life. “When she got to ‘Idol,’ that’s when she got serious,” he said.

Meanwhile, millions of “American Idol” fans, and even the judges, had no idea of Katharine’s struggle throughout the competition.

The songstress was at war with her demons and even hinted about her torturous relationship with food to our Terri Seymour the night before the finale. “I was always trying to lose weight and then I was obsessed about the food,” she said. “As soon as I stopped worrying about the food, the weight just started coming off.”

Katharine McPhee’s Shocking Confession [eXtra]

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. krystyn


    I really could care less

  2. blogaholic

    Seriously, I couldn’t care less about this chick.

  3. Stoney

    Nice. Revealed right before the album drops! Can we say, PR MOVE?!???!

  4. tc

    Geez, nice that people are so sympathetic to this girl. And damn, she can sing. Best of luck to her.

  5. Small Fry

    Who doesn’t have an eating disorder? Especially in Hollywood????

  6. Cheryl

    This chick just wants MORE attention. Barf!

  7. Why does every “new” celebrity have to go out and buy the prerequisite Louis Vuitton bag and then walk around with it and a coffee drink?….Where is the originality???….Buy a Chanel and walk around with a slurpee, please someone!!!

  8. Donna

    I wonder why they had to drop this before the album is out? They are definitely scared people won’t buy her music. That is just really sad. If they say she’s battling over it for, is it 5 or 7 yrs., anyway, how come she was just so fat even during the auditions of AI? I know some people who are bulimic and I think these people actually lose some weight really fast. So, was she like 500 lbs. 5 or 7 yrs. ago that during the AI auditions she was about 160 lbs.? What an unbelievable story!

  9. kat

    i conur with everyone about the pr move. what better way than an eating disorder which seems to be the norm these days

  10. iheartblogs

    nevermind the eating disorder – where’d all that Louis V luggage come from? Guess being an American Idol pays well.

  11. Jackie

    People, have some sympathy. Why would she announce this news before her SINGLE comes out? If it were a PR move, she would have announced it before her full length album came out. Give the poor thing a break. She’s beautiful and an incredible singer. Look for her on Teen People’s Cover next month.

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