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Gaining weight is both an easy and hard thing to do. It’s easy to pack on the pounds (and fun if we’re speaking honestly), but it’s also hard to watch your body change, and in the case of celebrities, know the world is watching it change as well.

It was especially rough for Adrienne Houghton (formerly Bailon) because she has been petite for as long as she’s been in the public eye. But recently, she admitted that she put on some weight and unfortunately, it was something that people were quick to point out to her.

“If I’m honest, my weight gain in the last few years has been like a struggle for me where I’m like, I never looked at myself as being overweight. And it was weird to hear so many comments at one point that I was fat, and ‘Oh my God, she let herself go!’ I was like, ‘Whoa.’ So that was a little bit weird,” Adrienne said on her All Things Adrienne vlog. The 34-year-old said that despite such uncomfortable experiences, she’s working on herself. And she’s not working on herself to appease anyone else, but rather, to feel like and be her very best self.

“I just did what I had to do to be comfortable in my own skin. And I think that’s the most important thing,” she said. “It wasn’t necessarily to please other people. I actually, genuinely, didn’t like the way I looked. And every day it’s a work in progress. You know, girl get up and do some cardio. More than looking good, it’s actually healthy for you to eat healthy and actually get a little workout in. So as I get older, I get that it’s going to be harder and harder, but I’m up for the challenge.”

Adrienne has gone gained weight, but also lost weight in the public eye. As she prepared for her 2016 wedding to Israel Houghton, the pair worked with trainer Massy Arias and slimmed down considerably.

Nowadays, whatever hard work Adrienne is putting in is clearly paying off well.

Check out her thoughts about embracing her body below, starting at the 6:30 mark:


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