Gary Barlow Used to Be 'Professional Bulimic', Threw Away All Mirrors Amid Weight Struggles

The Take That member gets candid as he talks about his past struggle with weight, claiming he once suffered from bulimia and couldn't stand seeing himself in the mirror.

AceShowbiz - Gary Barlow got rid of all the mirrors from his home due to his weight struggles. Starting binge eating and smoking cigarettes in the late 90s, the 51-year-old pop star recalled feeling embarrassed about his weight gain.

"One morning I caught myself in the mirror and I thought, 'Oh no, I've got to do something about this'. So I did, I took down all the mirrors - massive house, not one single mirror," Gary shared during his one-man theatre show, "A Different Stage".

Gary - who shot to fame as part of Take That - also recalled over-indulging himself at his local "all-you-can-eat buffet." He explained, "I got to 17-and-half stone, but it's not all the work of chocolate, the real heavy lifting here is being done a few times a week down the road at the local Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet."

The chart-topping pop star confessed to being a "professional bulimic" at one point in time. In the show - which has been seen by the Daily Star newspaper - Gary said, "I slid off to the bathroom and then two fingers as far down the back of the throat as possible and farewell emperor's special … One year on, I was a professional bulimic … I could be sick in a second."

The "Pray" hitmaker previously admitted to disliking himself amid his weight problems. Gary eventually decided to take control of the situation in order to "feel better" about himself.

The singer - who has sold over 50 million records worldwide during his career - said in 2021, "When I gained a lot of weight, I just disliked myself so much. At the point I decided to lose weight, I wanted to see results and feel better. If the scales are that, use them."

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