The competition for the Mirror Ball trophy is heating up as Dancing With the Stars contestants Nyle DiMarco, Paige VanZant and Ginger Zee head into the finals, and Zee is using the platform as a way to share her journey (the ups and the downs) with the world.
Zee previously revealed that she struggled with anorexia as a teenager, but she’s now using her voice, and the exposure that the competition affords her, to raise awareness for the disorder — and she has some powerful advice.
“My advice is this is a choice, this is a choice you can make and there are a lot of amazing parts of life ahead of you,” she said during an interview with E! News. “You can overcome it. It shouldn’t control you. You can do this.”
Zee struggled with anorexia between the ages of 10 and 14, and looking back on this difficult time, she feels a lot of regret.
“I just think all the time, ‘What a waste that was. I chose to do that? What a terrible thing?’ There are many diseases that choose you, you can choose to get out of it as well,” she told the outlet.
While everyone’s situation is different, it’s great that Zee is willing to share her struggles with the public in the hopes that her story may help encourage someone in a similar situation to seek help and know that things really can get better.
Zee is indeed in a very good place in her life at the moment: Last year she welcomed her first son into the world, and she’s proven to herself that she’s a truly talented dancer whose skills will be on full display during next week’s finale.