Jewel Still Recovering From 'Chubby Renee Zellweger' Jibe
6/16/2010 2:30pm EDT
Singer Jewel was driven to the brink of an eating disorder when she was once labeled "the chubby Renee Zellweger."
The Who Will Save Your Soul star was horrified when she heard about the nasty nickname during her first few years in the spotlight, and admits the painful jibe left her on the verge of bulimia.
She tells Shape magazine, "My feelings were so hurt by that story; I ended up bingeing on an entire cake. Afterward, I actually tried to throw it all up, but thankfully I couldn't do it. It made me think, 'I can't go down this road.' I had seen so many performers develop eating disorders or try to control their weight with drugs, and I decided I would do no harm to my body."