Nicole Scherzinger Divulges Secret Battle with Bulimia & Other Celebs Who've Been Dishing on Eating Disorders

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Nicole Scherzinger Divulges Secret Battle with Bulimia & Other Celebs Who've Been Dishing on Eating Disorders
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Proving that being a hot young celeb doesn't guarantee happiness, Nicole Scherzinger revealed on an upcoming episode of VH1′s "Behind the Music" that she was bulimic during her Pussycat Dolls days because she "felt alone" and "hated" herself.

"I was in a group, and I never felt so alone in my life," said the "X Factor" judge, who like many female stars are judged by how thin and beautiful they are.

The admission by the Hawaii native sheds new light on the controversy that may have had her fired from the U.S. version of the British singing show. Her vote to eliminate contestant Rachel Crow resulted in the sobbing tween falling to the floor. Scherzinger was visibly shook up by the young singer's dramatic reaction, perhaps relating to her vulnerability and despair.

Though she has since moved on from the incident, wearing her judges robes now on the British version of the show after being replaced by Demi Lovato on the U.S. "X Factor," the star who bears a physical resemblance to Kim Kardashian could help other young women by talking about the loneliness and insecurity that contributed to her bulimia on this Sunday night's episode of the VH1 documentary series.

Scherzinger is the latest diva to acknowledge her personal struggle with bulimia. The psychological disease -- which involves overeating and inducing vomiting -- has become a frequent topic among the stars this past month.

Last week Lady Gaga launched her Body Revolution 2013 campaign on her official Little Monsters website. The anti-bullying advocate posted a picture of herself in a yellow bra and panties with the caption: "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15," and she encouraged others to publish their own photos. Fans not only followed suit, but wrote grateful comments to the self-acceptance guru for redefining physical perfection. "You give us the strength to take the parts we are supposed to be ashamed of and make them into our pride," wrote a fan named Vernoika.

Demi Lovato and Katie Couric also dished last week over their mutual experiences with eating disorders. Lovato told the perky talk show host, "I remember being three years old, in a diaper, and rubbing my hand over my stomach … thinking in my head, I wonder if this will ever be flat." Couric copped to battling bulimia in her late teens and early twenties, during which time she would chastise herself for eating just one cookie or stick of non-sugarless gum.

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