Taylor Swift has opened up about her struggle to overcome an eating disorder in a new Netflix documentary about her life.
The 89.7 Bay hitmaker, 30, said comments about her body and weight led her to stop eating at times.
She said she would ‘starve’ herself if she saw a photo where she thought her tummy was too big, leaving her feeling as if she might pass out.
The Shake It Off singer told Variety magazine that she is still uncomfortable talking about body image and food.
She said: ‘I didn’t know if I was going to feel comfortable with talking about body image and talking about the stuff I’ve gone through in terms of how unhealthy that’s been for me – my relationship with food and all that over the years.
‘I’m not as articulate as I should be about this topic because there are so many people who could talk about it in a better way. But all I know is my own experience.
‘And my relationship with food was exactly the same psychology that I applied to everything else in my life.
‘If I was given a pat on the head, I registered that as good. If I was given a punishment, I registered that as bad.’
She added: ‘I remember how, when I was 18, that was the first time I was on the cover of a magazine.
‘And the headline was like ‘Pregnant at 18?’ And it was because I had worn something that made my lower stomach look not flat. So I just registered that as a punishment.
‘And then I’d walk into a photoshoot and be in the dressing room and somebody who worked at a magazine would say ‘Oh, wow, this is so amazing that you can fit into the sample sizes.
‘And I looked at that as a pat on the head. You register that enough times, and you just start to accommodate everything towards praise and punishment, including your own body.”
‘I think I’ve never really wanted to talk about that before, and I’m pretty uncomfortable talking about it now.’
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana will be streaming on Netflix from January 31.
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