Amelia Gray Hamlin got real about her struggle with anorexia after The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans witnessed an awkward family dinner on last night’s episode.
During the Bravo show, Amelia came across as “rude” to her father actor Harry Hamlin and mother actress Lisa Rinna. However, the young woman used Instagram stories before the episode to try and explain her situation, as well as ask people to be kind.
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It has almost been exactly a year since I opened up about my eating disorder. I am posting this today to open up even more. Last year during the time when I posted my story, I was going through an even harder time than I was when I was anorexic. My thyroid was not functioning properly due to the starvation my body had faced. Within the span of 4 months I put on 50 lbs. not only was I now recovering from an eating disorder- I was being shamed for my weight gain. Not to mention that gaining weight was my biggest fear. Though it was out of my control. No matter how little I ate, and how much I worked out – I would continue gaining weight. The experience of uncontrollable weight gain traumatized me a large amount. It took a lot of strength to keep pushing and to keep trying – especially being in the industry that I am in. I mentioned while talking to my mom about my journey on the housewives this week that “I’m not over it (anorexia) and I never will be.” I wanted to clarify what I meant when saying this. My positivity and strength that I am taking out of this experience will now be a part of me. My journey struggling with an eating disorder is now shaped me into the person that I am, and it will be apart of me forever. My goal is now to go to school to learn about mental health, and to learn about different unhealthy behaviors surrounding food. I want to eventually create a recovery center for all forms of mental health that is accessible to everyone. I am no longer anorexic, and I will never be anorexic again. The purpose of this is to shed light on the fact that everyone is going through something. No matter who you are or what it is. Social media is an easy platform to tear people apart. Every negative comment stays in ones mind and hurts. Be kind to everyone. Don’t shame people on their weight or their looks. I really wish I had this message when I was going through what I did. So, no matter what you are going through – I hope this can make you feel a little less alone.
It is a very lengthily message, in which the 17-year-old admits at the time the episode was taped, anorexia was controlling her life. She does not use her disease as an excuse but rather to let people know it is a struggle she deals with even today.
“During that time, one year ago I was not in a good place at all. I may have looked like I was recovered, but I was most definitely not. Within the scene, you will see me lashing out due to my fear of food. The person displayed in tonight’s episode is not the person I am. It was the person anorexia made me,” she expressed in a part of her post.
Even though she asked for kindness, trolls still took aim at the young woman. One even commented on how the teenager does not look anorexic. The remark prompted Amelia to share a story stating, “the world is pushing my buttons.”
Rinna admitted during a confessional on the episode of the Bravo show that she blamed herself for Amelia’s fear of food.
“You know, it’s, like, ”What did we do to f–k her up?’ Maybe we did something. I don’t know. I just know that it’s really, really hard to watch Amelia be in pain,” shared the former Days of Our Lives star.
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Mama, I’m sorry this is late- I really wanted to make it what you deserve. You are SO incredible. Not only do you love me and Delilah unconditionally, but the support that you give to us is so amazing. You have never failed. You work so hard to make sure that we are always happy- and we couldn’t be happier. You helped me through a time in my life when I was alone and struggling. You have been a shoulder to lean on no matter what. You always lift me up and make sure that I know I am loved. When people come up to me the first thing they tell me is, “your mom is amazing – please tell her she is the best person ever” I know how blessed I am to have been raised by such a beautiful person. You’ve taught me how to stick up for myself, and that honesty is the most important quality. You’ve taught me how to love, you’ve taught me perseverance, you’ve taught me strength, and you’ve taught me the importance of kindness. I love you SO MUCH mama you have NO IDEA. You’ve set the bar high in regards to being a mom. You are so beautiful, I love you, thank you. @lisarinna
Tuesday’s RHOBH episode was the first time viewers got to witness Amelia Gray Hamlin’s anorexia battle up close. The reason though is because the show is taped so far in advance. Amelia has been open about her eating disorder over a year ago.
It was not the most comfortable interaction to watch, especially when Amelia gave her dad the finger. However, viewers did find it relatable. Anyone who has dealt with an eating disorder or watched someone they know battle one, knows exactly how everyone on at the Hamlin dinner felt.
Behavior aside, Amelia deserves props for sharing her story and continuing to be real despite all the haters and trolls coming at her. Do you agree or not?