Celebs Who Were Bullied Because Of Their Weight
No one could dispute that being a celebrity certainly comes with privileges, but there’s a downside to everything. Unfortunately, because these stars spend so much time in the limelight, they’ve been the target of negative criticism after being bullied because their weight.
Ke$ha doesn’t fit the stereotype of how the average singer/rapper is supposed to look. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old marches to the beat of her own drum, so when it was revealed that the “Die Young” rapper checked into rehab for an eating disorder earlier this year, fans were shocked. Even worse, her mother revealed that Ke$ha was bullied to lose weight by people within her own inner circle. Soon after checking in, Ke$sha released a statement: “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice.” She continued that she was aiming “to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am.”
Kim Kardashian has lived in the public eye long enough to know how to handle criticism thrown her way but after gaining weight while pregnant, the reality show star saw the criticism reach new heights. During an appearance on “The Tonight Show” last March, Kardashian spoke out against the critics. “I think it’s a little bullyish to call a pregnant woman fat,” she said. “I mean, what do you expect?” Since giving birth last summer, Kardashian has worked her way back down to her pre-pregnancy weight.
Kim isn’t the only Kardashian who has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism about her weight. Standing at 5ft 10in, Khloe towers over her other sisters. Despite shedding more than 25lbs., cyber bullies have still poked fun of her weight. Last May, Khloe took to twitter to respond to the negativity: “No matter what size, shape, color, whatever…Haters going to hate!”
Part of Lady Gaga’s appeal is that she encourages her fans to be themselves regardless of what other people say. That has been a lesson that the “Poker Face” singer has had to learn on her own. Lady Gaga revealed that she’s suffered from bulimia and anorexia since she was 15 years old. After a photo surfaced in 2012 that showed Gaga added some weight to her tiny frame, critics were eager to shoot her down but she didn’t let that get to her. She posted a note to her fans on her official website encouraging others to embrace themselves as they are: “Now that the body revolution has begun, be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities.”
Some would argue that part of Jennifer Lopez’s appeal in her earlier days was her sexy curves. But not everyone in her camp was happy about her now infamous derriere. Recently Lopez revealed she had to fire her manager who complained she had a bit too much junk in her trunk. “I was just so infuriated that somebody said you couldn’t have a little extra meat on you, because I was by no means fat.”
You would think that supermodels would be exempt from fat jokes but that certainly wasn’t the case with Tyra Banks. In 2006 the “America’s Next Top Model” host was on location in Australia for a shoot when photos surfaced of Banks in a one-piece bathing suit. Soon people on the internet dubbed her “America’s Next Top Waddle.” Never one to back down, Banks donned the same one-piece on her talk show and famously told all of her critics to kiss her fat [explicative]!
Christina Aguilera has always been praised for her powerful vocal chords but she’s also been bashed for her fluctuating weight. In addition to the media poking fun at the singer, some famous celebrities jumped on the bandwagon. During a taping on E!’s “Fashion Police,” host Kelly Osbourne was seemingly foaming at the mouth when she called Aguilera fat. In her defense, Osbourne said Aguilera has commented about her weight in the past (so basically she wanted to get back at her). Shock jock Howard Stern lamented that Aguilera was much hotter when she was thinner, but Aguilera wasn’t phased by all of the negative words. “I have a boyfriend that loves my body. I love my body, my son is healthy and happy and that is all that matters,” she said.
Kelly Osbourne was all too eager to call Christina Aguilera fat but she surely knows what it to be on the receiving end of such cruelty, and it appears that Aguilera wasn’t the only one that poked fun at Osbourne’s weight. “I was called fat and ugly in the press almost my entire life,” the 29-year-old said in a 2010 interview. “I understand that being judged by others comes with the territory, but it broke my heart and ruined my self-esteem. It sets you up to hate yourself in a huge way. I was so angry about the things people said about me. I truly believe it’s the main reason I turned to Vicodin and ended up in rehab three times. I just hated myself.”
Miley Cyrus may be catching a lot of flack for shedding the wholesome Hannah Montana image now but a few years ago, she caught a lot of negative criticism for her weight. Always outspoken, the then 18-year-old posted a photo of a skeletal anorexic teen on twitter and wrote: “By calling girls like me fat this is what you’re doing to other people. I love MYSELF & if you could say the same you wouldn’t be sitting on your computer trying to hurt others.”
Kate Upton may be the dream girl of a lot of teenage boys (and men’s!) fantasies but not everyone is a fan of the supermodel’s body. SkinnyGossip.com had some not too nice words for Upton after she graced the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by saying she had “huge thighs, no waist” and “big, floppy boobs.” Upton responded by saying, I’m not going to starve just to be thin.” Getting the last laugh, she also snagged the cover of 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second year in a row.
Jessica Simpson is currently the national spokesperson for Weight Watchers now but before she became a mother of two, the singer was the target of harsh words following an appearance in 2009. At the time Simpson donned a pair of high-waisted jeans and a simple black top that bloggers and late-night talk show hosts immediately bashed. Simpson addressed the criticism in a recent interview. “What’s so unbelievable is that I was probably at least 15 pounds smaller than I am right now,” she said. “What’s more unbelievable is that the press could create something like that out of a pair of jeans … what woman wants to be brought down for wearing a pair of jeans?”
Kelly Clarkson shot to stardom after winning the inaugural season of “American Idol” in 2002. Since then the young starlet has had to deal with everyone poking fun of her weight from bloggers to music execs and even fans. After being the butt of so many jokes for so long, it appears Clarkson is no longer affected by it. “It’s happened for 10 years so at this point, it’s like really, a fat joke? That’s new!” Clarkson said in 2010. “I’m over it at this point.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt became a movie star at 18 years old after snagging the lead role in 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. Since then she’s gone on to star in numerous film and television projects and along the way her figure has changed since her teenage years. In 2007, the media jumped at the opportunity to poke fun of her weight and visible cellulite after a photo of Hewitt in a string bikini frolicking on the beach surfaced. Hewitt wasted no time in responding to her critics via her official website: “I’ve sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women’s bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I’m not upset for me, but for all the girls out there that are struggling with their body image,” she wrote. “A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn’t make you beautiful.”
Melissa McCarthy proved that she could carry a movie on her own with the 2013 film Identity Thief but while most praised her breakout performance, there was one film critic who had harsh words for the actress. Rex Reed didn’t hold back in his review when he called her “tractor sized” and wrote McCarthy was “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” Many people came to the defense of McCarthy right away but she took her time and finally responded a few months later. “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot,” she said. She truly had the last laugh; Identity Thief claimed the number one spot at the box office taking in over $35 million opening weekend.
No one can deny how talented of a singer and songwriter Adele is but despite her talents the British singer has been on the receiving end of criticism about her weight. Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld attacked the “Rolling In The Deep” singer in a 2012 interview saying, “The thing at the moment is Adele. She’s a little too fat…” The 25-year-old took the higher road and shrugged off Lagerfeld’s comments. “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that,” she said.