“This makes me wonder if this is how her daughter started her eating disorder with seeing mom this weight and thinking this is normal?” a social media user commented on a video of the 55-year-old actress looking slim while dancing in a black leotard on Sunday, June 9.
Rinna shut down the user, replying, “You are body shaming me. You are the problem.”
Amelia, the youngest daughter of the Melrose Place alum and Harry Hamlin, first revealed she had an eating disorder in March 2018 via Instagram.
More recently, the model, who turns 18 on Thursday, June 13, made headlines for lashing out at her father during a family dinner on the June 4 episode of RHOBH. Before the show aired, Amelia took to Instagram to offer an explanation for viewers.
“Tonight on the housewives you will see how my eating disorder affected myself and my family. There is a scene where I am EXTREMELY rude to my dad and the food he wants me to eat,” she began on her Instagram Story. “During that time, one year ago — I was not in a good place at all. I may have looked like I was recovered, but I was most definitely not. Within the scene you will see me lashing out due to my fear of food. The person displayed in tonight’s episode is not the person I am. It was the person anorexia made me.”
After a troll told Amelia that she doesn’t “look anorexic,” the teenager added that “there is not just one type” of eating disorder or body type.
“Sadly — I feel the need to remind people what anorexia looks like,” she wrote after sharing two photos of herself at different sizes amid her struggle. “In both photos I was struggling equally as much as the other. Please understand the illness before speaking on it.”
Rinna, for her part, has applauded her daughter’s candidness and bravery over the years. She also admitted on RHOBH that she wondered whether she had a role in Amelia’s struggles with food.
“You know, it’s, like, ‘What did we do to f–k her up?’ Maybe we did something,” the Days of Our Lives alum said during a confessional on the June 4 episode of the Bravo series. “I don’t know. I just know that it’s really, really hard to watch Amelia be in pain.”
Rinna and Hamlin, who wed in 1997, are also parents of 21-year-old model Delilah Belle Hamlin.
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