Starving for Attention?

The curse of fame strikes again as stars from Angelina Jolie to Kate Middleton battle to stay slim and remain in the spotlight
Wednesday , 20 July 2011
Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton
Megan Fox
Megan Fox
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

Being under public scrutiny 24/7 is not an easy feat with any slight imprecation blown out of proportion, especially when concerning weight. With the Hollywood norm being a size two and under, the stars are wasting away, losing the curves we so loved them for. Ahlan! magazine looks at the dangerous new wave of 'fameorexics'...

Kate Middleton
It’s not usual for brides to lose weight for their big day in order to fit into their fairytale gown, so it was inevitable Kate dropped a few dress sizes for the wedding of the century. The royal followed the strict Dukan Diet to get into shape, yet now it’s thought friends and family are worried she has gone too far.

While they hoped she would pile the pounds back on once married recent images of the royal looking gaunt reveal the pressures of being in the spotlight are taking its toll.

Royal watcher Rick Sky said, “Kate sheds pounds when she’s under stress. She normally weighs about 130lbs, which is fine for her height, but dropping 15lbs is too much,” Adding the pressure of being under constant scrutiny by a global audience is “taking a toll on her health.”

It’s thought those close to Kate are worried she’s facing the same pressures that led to late Princess Diana’s battle with bulimia. An insider said, “Kate’s obsessed with weight.”

Worried his new bride is struggling with the attention, a source says William is desperately offering his support, revealing, “He saw the pain and anguish his mother went through, so William’s number one priority is to ensure that Kate is happy and healthy and doesn’t fall into any further bad habits.”

Megan Fox
Since her fall out with Transformers director Michael Bay and movie mogul Steven Spielberg, Megan’s career and weight have dropped drastically with many fearing she’s struggling to cope with being dumped by Hollywood. The star first revealed her shocking body transformation in the Armani Code adverts. Her boney figure stunned viewers of the ads so much she’s Wbeen replaced by voluptuous singer Rihanna.

Some believe Megan’s weight loss is an attempt to shake off her sex symbol status with the star admitting she “wants to be taken seriously” and not hired for her looks. She admits, “Really my only job is to look attractive. I was so angry about that, that I went in the opposite direction. I turned into a really butch [woman]. Then I went in the other direction. I lost, like, 30lbs.”

Sources say Megan is so obsessed with her weight she went on a gruelling 1,000 calorie-a-day-diet. “She’s the same waist size as her eight-year-old stepson Kassius,” said a worried insider. “Her legs are too thin and she won’t listen to anyone who tells her to put on weight.”

Megan and Michael are said to have argued over her skinny frame with the source adding, “He thought she lost too much weight and looked frail and it all kicked off. The crew didn’t think she looked well, let alone the wholesome, curvy star they cast in the first film.”

Admitting she may have a problem, the 25-year-old said of starving herself for Jennifer’s Body, “I ended up getting sick and my hair started falling out!”

Lady Gaga
Throughout 2009 renowned perfectionist Lady Gaga was hospitalised nine times after continuously bingeing and starving herself in order to fit into her drama couture. “When I say she was sick, I mean mentally and physically,” said her former tour manager David Ciemny, who reveals all about the eccentric singer’s drastic routines in Poker Face: The Rise And Rise of Lady Gaga.

He claims Gaga would gorge on junk food, then refuse to eat – sometimes for weeks in order to maintain her weight throughout her tours.

Investigative journalist, Ian Halperin revealed how the pressures to maintain her shock tactics and to remain at the top as the new Queen of Pop has seen her go to the extreme, jeopardising her health for the sake of entertaining her fans. He said, “She is sick and obsessed with her weight. One friend told me, Gaga will stare at herself in the mirror for hours on end, analysing and critiquing her body. It’s an unhealthy obsession.”

Adding, “She’s morphed into this caricature called Lady Gaga, who isn’t even a real person. The girl known as Stefi to her friends and family has all but disappeared.”

While Gaga’s new album Born This Way encourages her little monsters to be confident and themselves, her refusal to accept her own body is sending mixed messages. David continues that her health issues aren’t helping her lupus illness, which he says she tries to down play – “Her lupus is far worse than she lets on. Part of the reason she wears wigs and make-up is because her hair is falling out and she’s covered in red blotches, both side effects of the disease.”

It’s thought the singer became insecure of her weight when filming her Paparazzi video with True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard, who allegedly teased her about her weight. A source spilled, “Alexander was her love interest in the video and he was apparently very open about being less than enthusiastic about having to kiss her during the shoot. Alex didn’t say anything to her face, but he made comments under his breath to crew members and made facial expressions that made it obvious that he was not into it.” The comments are said to have sent her on an obsessive mission to be less than size double-zero.

Angelina Jolie
While it’s rumoured Brad Pitt and Angelina are set to wed, some believe the marriage is just a rouse to cover the growing issues between the couple, with Ange said to be furious with the actor’s refusal to let go of his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, and it seems the stress is making Ange waste away.

It’s rumoured Ange often diets on just hot water and lemon and is so obsessed with her Hollywood and UN work that she’s constantly travelling, which combined with the ongoing pressures in her relationship and looking after six kids is turning Ange into a shadow of her former self.

According to pals, Brad has been insisting that she slows down, “He’s shocked at how emaciated she looks. Her arms look like they are about to snap in two. Brad begged her to take some time out.” The pal added, “But Ange is consumed by projecting this perfect ‘super-woman’ image. She’d hate the thought of people thinking she can’t cope, so she refused to listen to Brad. She won’t be seen as a failure – even if it destroys her health.”

Her drastic weight loss has caused many to fear she is suffering from an eating disorder. One eyewitness said of the actress at the Cannes Film Festival, “She looked like a zombie. It was really shocking and worrying. She had these huge wide eyes and was talking incomprehensibly, changing from one subject to another and never really finishing her point.” According to a source, Brad has tried unsuccessfully to stage an intervention to help Ange, and begged her to put on weight but it seems she is struggling to deal with her body and personal issues.

Yet, it also appears Ange is starting to recognise that something is wrong, and that her gaunt figure isn’t natural. In the past she often flaunted her fuller figure but recently the star was seen hiding her boney physique in an unflattering wetsuit while on a family beach day out. A source said, “Angelina wore a full body wetsuit, sparking some to ask, what is she hiding? Her diminutive frame has often been pointed out for being too thin, and that can make you colder, faster.”

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