Bebe Rexha was once pressured to “starve” herself by industry bosses prior to shooting a music video.
The Meant to Be singer is a vocal advocate for body positivity, having encountered a number of instances of size discrimination since launching her career in 2013.
However, in a new interview with Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine, Bebe made a point of speaking out about one instance in which she claimed an executive urged her to lose weight.
“When I first got signed, the label said, ‘Are you ready to get in boot camp shape?’ They wanted me to lose 20 pounds (nine kilograms). Back then I was so small, I was only 130 pounds (58 kilograms),” she recalled. “It f**ked me up. I was so cold all the time. I would starve myself before filming a music video.”
Bebe went on to mention a female creative director who insisted she hit the gym twice a day too.
“She’d sit opposite me at the dinner table and say, ‘You’re not losing enough.’ All I was eating was salad,” the 30-year-old remembered.
At present, Bebe is very comfortable with her U.S. size 6 figure (U.K. 10), and in June, took the opportunity to reject mean comments social media users were making about her size.
“I don’t give a two s**ts about what people think about my weight. I care about what I think about my weight,” the star posted. “To all the people tweeting mean things to me about my weight you just want a response and you will not get it.
“The hate you breed that stems from Insecurity don’t look pretty on you.”
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