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