In an interview for "It Got Better," a docuseries from L Studio featuring LGBTQ celebrities designed to help teens struggling with their sexual identity, actress Portia de Rossi, wife of Ellen DeGeneres, divulges a personal anecdote about her battle with bulimia.
It's hard to imagine such a beautiful and talented woman being insecure about her body, but her story serves as a powerful reminder that a person's appearance can't tell us anything about what he or she is going through.
And for de Rossi, it all started at a very young age.
"I felt tremendous responsibility when I was 12 years old, and I was put up on a catwalk," she says. "My modeling agents had told me to go on a diet. So I didn't eat for 10 days before then."
"Erase the feelings with food, erase the food by vomiting, but you're still left with the shame," she continues through tears, clearly still feeling the emotional impact of that time.
She explained that her weight dropping to a scary 82 pounds was also tied to her struggle to come to terms with her sexual identity.
You can watch the entire video here.