Portia de Rossi discussed her eating disorder on Oprah yesterday, admitting that she once restricted herself to as little as 300 calories per day. The interview comes in hand with the release of de Rossi’s new book about her struggles with anorexia and bulimia, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain.
“It wasn’t that I was proud of it, but it was certainly a recognition of my self-control,” the actress told Oprah. “I definitely had some amazing will-power to get down to 82 pounds.”
De Rossi said she felt her eating disorder was necessary to maintain a thin look for the good of her career. “It really, really killed me.” She even got to the point where she didn’t feel ashamed of her eating disorder. De Rossi said that finding unconditional love with her partner Ellen DeGeneres, and helped her find the self-acceptance to return to a healthy lifestyle. “Love really does heal you.”