Katharine McPhee's Bulimia Battle
Katharine McPhee has told People Magazine that she was treated for an eating disorder just days before beginning American Idol. Katharine said she had been battling bulimia for five years. She sought treatment and was extremely afraid her vocal chords were affected by her constant barfing. At her worst, she was throwing up 7 times a day.
She said: "When I made it onto American Idol, I knew that food – my eating disorder – was the one thing really holding me back. I was bingeing my whole life away for days at a time … So when I got on the show, I said, 'You know what? I can do well in this competition. Let me give myself a chance and just get ahold of this thing.' "
With the support of her parents, Peisha, 52, and Daniel, 57, and her actor boyfriend, Nick Cokas, 41, in October McPhee enrolled at Los Angeles's Eating Disorder Center of California, where she spent three months undergoing group and individual therapy, six days a week.
Finally, her program at the Eating Disorder Center helped her gain control of her relationship with food – but it wasn't easy. "I really had to surrender and give up having a free life to do the program, because I'd be there from 9 in the morning until 7 at night. … I remember that first night, my dad holding me, crying and saying, 'I don't know why you have to suffer through this, but it's going to be okay.' "
And it's just a coincidence that all this comes out just 5 days before her first single drops on June 27th. Hmm...