Being born to celebrity parents is not a bed of roses after all. In the cover story of Complex magazine’s April/May issue, Zoe Kravitz opened up about her struggles against multiple eating disorders.
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During her teenage years, the Insurgent actress admitted to having a hard time loving herself which led to anorexia and bulimia. However, things took a turn for the worst when she took on the role of an anorexic twenty-something in the 2013 film The Road Within. Her weight dropped to 90 pounds which scared her parents, actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz.
She shared that she wasn’t disciplined enough for the role and that her demons got the best of her.
“It was f**ked up, man. You could see my rib cage. I was just trying to lose more weight for the film but I couldn’t see: You’re there. Stop. It was scary,” she said.
After the film, Kravitz was in bad shape. She was so sick that she did not get her period regularly and that her body’s immune system shut down. Even her hormones were severely affected. Fortunately, on New Year’s Eve 2013, she had an epiphany that changed her life for the better.
“I just felt it was different. I don’t know if a f**king spirit came over me and said: You have to stop,'” she revealed.
Kravitz confessed that her insecurities stemmed from her personal ideas of beauty. Growing up in Hollywood, she described being surrounded by a lot of attractive people including her own mother.
“My mother’s a beautiful woman, and I think, in some way, I felt intimidated by that sometimes,” she told Complex magazine.
With the help of her family, Kravitz has now recovered from her multiple eating disorders. On a themed shoot for the magazine, the 26-year-old confidently flaunted her fit body as she sported a dominatrix-style PVC ensemble.
“I feel like something has left my body, like some part of me is gone now, something that was making me so insecure. And it feels amazing,” she said.
Kravitz was also candid about how easy it was for her to establish an acting career because of her Hollywood roots. She recalled how convenient it was to get an agent when she started up and expressed how thankful she is for having a chance to ‘make all the art’ that she wants.
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