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Portia de Rossi talks bulimia battle

Portia de Rossi has opened up about her battle with bulimia as a teenager.

The Arrested Development actress battled the eating disorder as a young girl. Now 42, the star has opened up about her struggles as a young model in docu-series It Got Better.

“I felt tremendous responsibility when I was 12 years old, and I was put on a catwalk. My modelling agents had told me to go on a diet. So I didn't eat for 10 days before then," she explained.

She went on to describe being on the catwalk doing her best to pose and be sexy but all the other models were making fun of her “bushy eyebrows”. After the attack on her appearance, Portia recalled in the film what happened next.

“When I got in the car after that event and just opened up a bag of my favourite candy and just put my whole head in it and I think, 'Sh*t, what have I done? I just undid two weeks worth of dieting,'" she said. "So then I vomit. I erase the feelings with food, erase the food with vomiting, but you're still left with the shame."

It Got Better was inspired by the It Gets Better Project, formed to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Coming out and coming of age are a couple of the topics that the web series also chronicles and Portia, who is married to chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, felt it was important to do her bit to help the cause.

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