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Zoë Kravitz opens up for first time about her life-threatening eating disorder

Actress Zoë Kravitz definitely knows the dark side of being in the spotlight.

The Insurgent actress got candid about her eating disorder battle in the April/May issue of Complex magazine.

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Kravitz said fame was definitely a factor in her struggles. “I think it was part of being a woman, and being surrounded by [fame],” she explained in the interview. “I think it was definitely about being around that world, seeing that world. I felt pressured.”

Kravitz, whose father is musician, Lenny Kravitz, and whose mother is Cosby Show alumna, Lisa Bonet, described having famous parents as a blessing and a curse. “My mother’s a… beautiful woman, and I think, in some ways, I felt intimidated by that sometimes.” She also admitted with a laugh, “My dad dated a lot of supermodels.”

Luckily, Kravitz’s parents were aware of her disease and pushed her to get treatment.

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But her role playing an anorexic in the 2013 film, The Road Within, just made matters worse for Kravitz, who said at her lowest point she weighed a mere 90 pounds.

“You could see my rib cage,” Kravitz recalls. “I was just trying to lose more weight for the film but I couldn’t see: You’re there. Stop. It was scary.”

She told Nylon in another interview that she lost the weight by “drinking pureed vegetables and tea, and running every day,” for exercise.

“I tried to do it in a healthy way,” Kravitz explained, “but it’s not a healthy thing to do — I would never tell anyone to lose that amount of weight and especially not that quickly.”

It continued even after filming wrapped and was a long struggle for her until her Lolawolf bandmates, Jimmy Giannopoulos and James Levy, helped take her mind off what Kravitz describes as “not a social time.”

“[They] kept me company, and kept me sane,” Kravitz said.

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It wasn’t until two years ago that Kravitz said she finally conquered the disease, which developed when she was in high school.

“I feel like something has left my body,” she said, “like some part of me is gone now, something that was making me so insecure. And it feels amazing.”

Read the full interview with Kravitz over on Complex‘s website.

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