On Monday, Alexa PenaVega admitted she quietly suffered from bulimia for six years. But now, the 27-year-old is ready to open up about her fight against the illness.
Carlos PenaVega's wife told People:
"The one thing that I had always wanted was for someone to be real with me about that whole situation."
The beauty had been battling the eating disorder since she was a child after a producer said she was too fat. Alexa admitted it's not as simple to shake the disease as some may think, adding:
"You read textbooks and it's just so, well, textbook. 'This is how you get over bulimia.' But it is so much deeper than that. I wish I'd had somebody who could have told me, 'It's scary.' You struggle giving it up. You want to get rid of it but you struggle because, in a strange way, you enjoy it."
That same night, the actress had gotten the boot from Dancing With The Stars — even though she got a perfect score. And, while her time on the dancing competition has come to a close, the Spy Kids alum admitted the reality show gave her the confidence to speak out about her struggle.
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Her professional partner on the popular program, Mark Ballas, choreographed the dynamic duo's final dance — a contemporary piece inspired by the Florida native's difficult journey.
He was glad to be able to share her story regarding the eating disorder, saying:
"I feel like it's such a sensitive, tender issue. A lot of people are afraid or get uncomfortable talking about issues like this, but I think that it's good to tackle the topic head on."
The Nashville actress says she never would have opened up about her experience if it wasn't for DWTS:
"This is something that I was so afraid to talk about before, but this show has given me so much confidence. I went through a big battle and all I wanted to do was move and inspire people and show them that bulimia is something that you can get over. That's really all I wanted tonight. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my time in the competition."
We're so proud of Alexa for being honest about the disease.
We think it's incredible brave of her to speak out about the terrible illness after dealing with it for so long. We're glad she finally felt comfortable enough to talk about her battle.
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