TikTok star Charli D’Amelio has opened up about her struggle with eating disorders.
“I’ve always tried to use my voice when it comes to issues surrounding body image, but I’ve never talked about my own struggles with eating disorders,” the 16-year-old social media personality wrote on her Instagram Story on Thursday. “It’s so uncomfortable to admit to even your closest friends and family, let alone the world.”
D’Amelio, who has more than 86 million followers on TikTok and 28 million followers on Instagram, explained that she was always hesitant to open up about her struggles but explained that she wants to be there for others going through the same thing.
“i’ve been afraid to share that I have an eating disorder, but ultimately i hope that by sharing this i can help someone else,” she said. “I know eating disorders are something that so many other people are also battling behind closed doors.”
She also apologized to her viewers for unintentionally doing something in her video content that was triggering.
“To anyone i could have hurt by unintetnionally playing a song and not realizing that those lyrics could have triggered you,i deeply and truly apologize and i hope you know that i never intended to cause you harm,” she wrote. ”
She concluded by sharing a link to the National Eating Disorder Association and urged fans with their own disordered eating to reach out for help.
“For anyone struggling with this, i know some days can be worse that others, but i really hope you’ll swipe up to this link and get help if you need it,” she said. “I need you to know you are not alone. remember it’s ok to reach out and get help. we all need help sometimes. i love you all and please stay strong.”
D’Amelio is the most followed user on TikTok and earned $4 million, according to Forbes.
Earlier this month, Dunkin’ named a drink after her.