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Thandie Newton's Bulimia Battle

8/5/2007 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Pursuit of Happyness" star Thandie Newton battled bulimia for a year.

The tiny actress told People that her eating disorder started when she was a teen ballet dancer, and that she ate "nothing but cottage cheese" in order to stay thin.

Years later, after a string of emotionally abusive relationships, Newton had an eating disorder relapse. Her bulimia was so severe that she has "scars on my knuckles from where I put my fingers down my throat."

It wasn't until she went to a therapist years later that she "made the connection between shame and self abuse."

Newton has been married for the last nine years and has two daughters, Ripley, 6, and Nico, 2.

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dev    

OMG! ...for those of you who don't know who she is... You must be living under a rock! Goggle her if you haven't the slightest clue....

2605 days ago
32.

suzy    

I am 51 years old and struggled with this bulimia for about 14 years. I hope the best for you and you loved ones. This is something that nobody understands. They make jokes and put you down even lower than you can put your own self down. You have beat it and you are a strong person. I wish the best for you. God Bless

2605 days ago
33.

Yuck    

OH POOR WITTLE SIMON

ARE YOU HAVE A BAD DAY? YOU'RE A CRANKY WITTLE BOY!!! I THINK YOU NEED A WITTLE NAPPIE OR A CHILL PILL!!!!
IT'S A BLOG PAGE, ANYONE'S OPINION IS ACCEPTABLE EVEN IF IT MAKES YOU POUT!!!!!! FROM NOW ON YOU POST FIRST AND EVERYONE AGREE WITH WITTLE SIMON SAYS OR DON'T POST!!!!
WAH WAH WAH

2605 days ago
34.

jessiedee    

Very brave woman to come out with this - good for her that she is getting better!

2605 days ago
35.

tba    

Who gives a flying a F***........most of Hollywood is bulimic or an addict....I'm surprised they don't give out awards for it.

2605 days ago
36.

Sillyme    

Having California lawmakers announce.. any offense of drunk driving test failed and you will immediately go to jail for two weeks first offense,.. your driver's license will be suspended, you will pay fines.., your insurance will increase greatly. You will go to AA meetings. You will do community service. You will be required to take your test over! .. might have more weight!

2605 days ago
37.

costaMesaboy    

coke whores will always be hot, sexxxy lil' bitches$$??!!!!!

2605 days ago
38.

Ray    

To eM....she has scares on her knuckles from putting her hand down her throat to make herself throw-up. When people do this...they tend to bite down on there knuckles.

2605 days ago
39.

WhyohWhy    

20. Longtime ER (hospital drams that launched George Clooney) star in the middle of its run, was a medical professional married to Noah Wiley's character.

Actually, you are wrong. She never married John Carter (Noah Wiley's character). She lost their baby and left to go back to Africa or the Congo or whatever.

She was way too skinny then. :/

2605 days ago
40.

marthastewart    

Maybe she can teach me how to be bulimic.

2605 days ago
41.

NightNurse    

She has scars on her knuckles because she stuck her hand so far down her throat to induce vomiting- that her knuckles scraped her teeth repeatedly

2605 days ago
42.

whatever    

WhyohWhy...do fact checks..she did marry him...and then left him to go to PARIS where she was from...Before going to Africa...

2605 days ago
43.

jen    

typical Hollywood slut

2605 days ago
44.

Jasmine    

Thandie is hardly your typical Hollywood slut. She has a degree from England's Cambridge University. And it is not even in drama. When last seen on ER, she was engaged to Noah Wiley's character. When he was last seen on the show, he was a newlywed living in Africa, and his wife (Thandie's character) was visiting family in France.

2605 days ago
45.

Kelli    

Bulimia is a terrible disease that can affect anyone...its not a "Hollywood disease" I suffered from bulimia in my 20's. And i'm just an average gal. Take care Thandie...I think you are beautiful.

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