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Lady Gaga reveals past eating disorders, rallies fans online

Lady Gaga, who has faced a week of open criticism for gaining weight, confronted detractors Tuesday the best way she knows how: by rallying her legion of fans and also revealing something personal, a battle with eating disorders.

After an Amsterdam concert displayed a fuller-figured Gaga, blogs ignited with comments and side-by-side comparisons of her shape. A radio interview saw the singer admit she’d put on more than 20 pounds, by her count.

“I’m dieting right now because I gained, like, 25 pounds,” she said. “I really don’t feel bad about it, not even for a second.”

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Still, discourse continued over her size, prompting the “Born This Way” singer to take to her social media platform Little Monsters, sharing photos of herself in her underwear and admitting body struggles from her teen years.

“Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15,” she wrote on a dedicated page titled, “A Body Revolution 2013.”

“But today I join the body revolution to inspire bravely,” she said on a series of pictures that captured her body from various angles.

She also shared photos of her father, Joe Germanotta, of her personal assistant undergoing radiation therapy to treat breast cancer and of other fans who say the Lady inspires them to embrace physical flaws.

She isn’t the only high-profile woman to admit to eating issues this week. Katie Couric opened up about her own struggles with bulimia in her college years.

“I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that. And I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that’s wrong, you’re full of self-loathing,” Couric said on her talk show.

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