Good for her!
Gabourey Sidibe has revealed in her upcoming memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare, that she had secret weight loss surgery in 2016 — after finding out she had type 2 diabetes.
She spilled to People:
“I just didn’t want to worry. I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes.”
The star revealed that she struggled for over a decade to lose weight naturally, suffering from depression, anxiety, and bulimia due to her parent’s divorce in the meantime. Finally, in May 2016, she underwent laproscopic bariatric surgery to help shed excess pounds.
She candidly described the experience in her memoir, writing:
“My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half. This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change.”
“The surgery wasn’t the easy way out. I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”
It’s been ten months since the surgery, and the Empire actress continues to lose weight in pursuit of her goal.
However, she’s making a point of keeping the actual numbers to herself:
“I have a goal right now, and I’m almost there. And then once I’ve got it, I’ll set another. But my starting weight and my goal weight, they’re personal. If too many people are involved, I’ll shut down. It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful. I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”
In her memoir, Gabourey also touched upon how she doesn’t want to change too much in appearance:
“I know I’m beautiful in my current face and my current body. What I don’t know about is the next body. I admit it, I hope to God I don’t get skinny. If I could lose enough to just be a little chubby, I’ll be over the moon! Will I still be beautiful then? Shit. Probably. My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. It never will.”
“There’s nothing ugly about me. Anyone trying to convince me that I am — and it’s usually me — is wasting her time. I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now.”
This is such a brave step and we wish her only the best!
Her memoir will be out in May!
[Image via WENN.]