At the surface Nicole Scherzinger seems to have it all- a successful career, gorgeous boyfriend and to-die-for looks. However, on VH1's Behind the Music Scherzinger revealed that many people didn't know just how out of control her life was during the height of her career.
Scherzinger became a household name as the face of The Pussycat Dolls. According to the show the group was built around this budding star, to the point that she was the only one who sang vocals on their records. The girls were known for their scandalous outfits and dances as well as their maneater attitudes. Though she looked fearless on stage, Scherzinger was suffering from major body issues behind-the-scenes. She was so lonely while on the road and hated her body, so she turned to bulimia to deal with her love/hate relationship.
The girls noticed the change, though no one ever spoke about it. Her hair was thinning and her skin was bad, she even had blisters on her fingers from stomach acid. Once she left the group, she fell in love, revealing that Lewis Hamilton helped her fall in love with her body for the first time in her life.
"[He] gave me the courage to kind of end that disorder and that disease. He made me feel beautiful for who I am and not what pant size I'm wearing and that helped a lot, ” she said. "A little light came on in the back of my head and that's when I started to try and turn this around. I said, 'Wow, I've got to learn how to accept myself and my body.' I started to embrace myself as a woman and my curves."
Her days with The Pussycat Dolls are long over, but she's become a household name picking up her career with a win on ABC's Dancing With the Stars and as a judge on The X Factor. Scherzinger hopes that her story can inspire girls to love themselves for who they are.