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Megan Fox opens up about developing a ‘pretty severe eating disorder’

Megan Fox opens up about her mental health (Picture: Getty)

Megan Fox has opened up about her eating disorder.

The actor, 35, said she developed the mental illness alongside ‘manic depression’ following childhood trauma.

As she graced one of seven covers for CR Fashion Book, CR Parade, the Till Death star bravely spoke about her past mental health struggles.

‘I came into the world really bright and sunny and happy,’ she began.

‘However, at a certain point, I went through some trauma in childhood and I developed a pretty severe eating disorder and manic depression, which runs in my family, so there was definitely some wrestling with chemical imbalance going on,’ she shared.

Manic depression is now more commonly referred to as bipolar disorder.

The Jennifer’s Body star admitted to once having a ‘breakdown’ as she struggled with the public’s perception of her (Picture: FilmMagic)

Mental health charity Mind explained that there is great stigma attached to the word ‘manic’, so ‘bipolar disorder’ is used as a more clinical term, which also allows professionals to recognise discrete symptoms of the condition, not just those related to emotions or mood.

The Jennifer’s Body icon also explained how she related to Jennifer Check, whom she played in the cult classic in 2009.

‘But as I got into my early twenties, that hell-hath-no-fury, a woman scorned demon did rise up in me. I did tap into that archetype a few times as well. That’s kind of what you see in Jennifer, that sort of nasty streak that can exist if you align yourself with that ancient energy.’

The model explained how she uses a mantra to cope with things going on in her life, saying that she repeats the fact that ‘life is just a series of moments’.

‘I’ve been in this moment that has been very proactive and rewarding both emotionally and spiritually. I’m really happy with this moment,’ she said.

Megan and MGK went Instagram official with their relationship in July 2020 (Picture: Getty)

This isn’t the first time Megan has shared her personal experiences with mental illness, as she previously mentioned having a ‘genuine psychological breakdown’ in the run up to Jennifer’s Body’s release.

The Hollywood star admitted that being labelled a ‘sex symbol’ at a young age badly affected her mental health, as there was a time when she ‘didn’t want to be seen’ due to ‘the fear, and the belief, and the absolute certainty’ that she was ‘going to be mocked or spat at.’

She said things only got worse after she revealed Transformers director, Michael Bay, treated her poorly and her allegations weren’t taken seriously because of how she looked, stating she felt like she was ‘in front of the #MeToo movement before it happened.’

Thankfully, Megan is in a better place now, and elsewhere in her interview discussed her relationship with rapper Machine Gun Kelly, 31, whom she first met on set for their 2021 movie, Midnight in the Switchgrass, describing their romance as ‘karmic.’

The Transformers actor said their connection comes so ‘naturally’ because their ‘souls are intertwined’ and ‘energies are watching over’ them.

She previously referred to the Bloody Valentine hitmaker as her ‘twin flame.’



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If you suspect you, a family member or friend has an eating disorder, contact Beat on 0808 801 0677 or at [email protected], for information and advice on the best way to get appropriate treatment


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