AceShowbiz - Pregnant singer Rachel Platten still finds it hard to believe her husband considers her changing figure "beautiful", despite his many reassurances.
The Fight Song star went public with her body confidence issues over the weekend, August 04-05, revealing she broke down and "cried for 30 minutes" after a close acquaintance pointed out her "way bigger" hips and butt, even though they declared her new curves were "so cool".
"I wish that it hadn't affected me so much, because I love to promote body positivity and loving yourself no matter what, but it did, it hurt, because I had seen the changes that my body was going through as I'm making a human, and I was like, 'Well, no one can really tell I'm being super hard on myself,'" Rachel explained in a new interview on breakfast show Good Morning America on Wednesday, August 08. "Hearing a friend really honestly point it out kinda stung, and made me feel like, 'Oh, dang. This is real'".
Her candid Instagram post about the incident inspired Rachel's followers to share their own stories about coming to terms with their pregnancy bodies, and made the musician realise she wasn't alone.
"I was like, 'Wait, this is real.' Women are experiencing this and I, before I got pregnant, had no idea this would be an issue," she confessed. "I just thought it would be this beautiful (experience), and you love and celebrate this joyful thing that's happening to you...".
Rachel, 37, has since tried to embrace a more positive approach to her growing body, but she still doubts the compliments she receives from her own man, Kevin Lazan.
"I'm like, 'Oh, I don't think my husband's going to find this beautiful right now,' even if I find this changing body beautiful," she admitted. "Even though he's reassured me, hundreds of times, that he finds me beautiful!".
The star, who announced she's expecting her first child last month, is now vowing to enjoy her journey to motherhood as best she can.
This is one of my most exciting announcements, but also one of my most vulnerable. So here goes.... I am pregnant!! I can’t believe I’m finally typing these words – I have wanted to share this news for months. As I thought about how to share what I have been experiencing, I became paralyzed about doing it the exact, perfect way - how to express all of my total bliss and yet all this fear too? I finally realized that I can’t worry about making being ME comfortable for everybody else, I have to share this journey MY WAY: with honesty, vulnerability, love and an open heart. The truth is, I am overwhelmed with love, joy and happiness about our baby. It’s a total miracle that I’m growing a human and my husband and I couldn’t be more thrilled. But, I have also had an incredibly difficult spring and summer with serious nausea, exhaustion, constant sickness and all the awful symptoms no one wants to really talk about when sharing the “perfect blessed journey” of pregnancy. I was so afraid that if I shared that part (the difficulty of flying and performing while puking in green rooms and airplanes) that I’d seem ungrateful somehow when I’m actually crazy full of gratitude - I’m just HUMAN. Human emotions are complex. We can feel more than one thing at once you know? We can hold both love and wonder and aw and joy, but also frustration and sickness and fear and darker stuff too and it’s normal! So anyway, that’s where I’m at my loves. With all the mystery and wonder around this, one thing that has been abundantly clear to me: this little unbelievable soul that I haven’t even met yet is going to be my biggest teacher in the world and I cannot wait to learn. I love you all so much, and I promise to continue to share as much of this process with you as I can. Xoxoxox, a totally happy, exhausted, not so nauseous today Rach.
"I think I'm gonna try to just allow a little bit more; allow all of it," she concluded of the highs and lows of pregnancy. "Allow the parts where it hurts. Allow the total bliss. The joyful moments. I'm just not gonna beat myself up so much.
"I just think I'm gonna give myself a little bit of a break and just ease up".