Sharing her story. TikTok star Charli D’Amelio revealed that she has an eating disorder in a candid message to her millions of fans.
“I’ve always tried to use my voice when it comes to issues surrounding body image, but I’ve never talked about my own struggles with eating disorders,” the 16-year-old wrote on her Instagram Stories on Thursday, September 10. “It’s so uncomfortable to admit to even your closest friends and family, let alone the world. i’ve been afraid to share that I have an eating disorder, but ultimately i hope that by sharing this i can help someone else.”
After acknowledging that many people battle eating disorders “behind closed doors,” D’Amelio apologized if she has ever played a song in her TikTok videos “not realizing that those lyrics could have triggered” her followers. (She recently came under fire for using Beach Bunny’s “Prom Queen,” which includes the line, “Shut up, count your calories.”)
“I hope you know that i never intended to cause you harm,” she continued. “For anyone that is struggling with this, i know some days can be worse than others.”
The dancer included a link to the National Eating Disorders Association’s website so that anyone reading her post can get help if they too are struggling.
“I need you to know you are not alone,” she wrote. “Remember it’s ok to reach out and get help. we all need help sometimes. i love you all and please stay strong.”
D’Amelio, who is the most popular user on TikTok with 86 million followers, said in an Instagram video in February that she has been bullied her “whole life” and continues to be attacked as a social media influencer.
“When you’re bullied online it follows you everywhere, at school, in your home, all the places you’re supposed to feel safe. It can feel as if there is nowhere to turn,” she said at the time. “Hate hurts. I have realized over the years that holding in all this hurt causes a lot more damage than reaching out to someone you trust. For me, it was [my sister] Dixie and my mom and dad. No one can deal with this alone. We all need support.”
Like Charli, Dixie, 19, has become a viral sensation on TikTok. The sisters teased in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly in July that they also have a reality show in the works, saying, “You’ll have to wait and see!”