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Troian Bellisario Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder and Self-Harm Struggles

She's known to millions around the world as preppy high school overachiever Spencer Hastings in Pretty Little Liars.
But in real life, Troian Bellisario was so overcome with trying to be a grade-A student and please her parents that she spiraled down a very dangerous, self-destructive path.




In a new interview with Seventeen magazine, the lithe February cover girl reveals that she was plagued by an eating disorder and self-harm issues as she struggled to cope with her feelings of insecurity. 'I started self-harming when I was a junior,' she admits. 'I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school. Being a teenager is chaotic because you’re kind of coming into your own. I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired.'

The 28-year-old says studying at a 'very intense' college prep school sent her over the edge as she worked herself into a ball of stress trying to remain a 'perfect little girl' in her parents' eyes.'It was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody. I just thought if I ever expressed [to my parents] any sadness or anger or anything that’s going on with me, they would disown me. I kept a lot of it bottled up inside, and it turned into self-destructive behavior,' she reveals.'I felt this sadness, and I thought if people really knew what was going on inside me, they wouldn’t want to hang out with me. So I tried to keep it light and funny. I became imprisoned [by my eating disorder and self-harm]. And it was something I fought with.'
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