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Nicole Scherzinger Discusses Body Image Issues: 'I Felt Like I Wasn't Pretty, That I Was Fat And Worthless'

16/10/2014 14:38 BST | Updated 16/10/2014 14:59 BST

Nicole Scherzinger has discussed her past struggles with body image, admitting that there were times in her life when her issues with self-esteem made her feel worthless.

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Earlier this year, Nicole candidly discussed her battle with bulimia, which she’s said is a theme she touches on in her new album, ‘Big Fat Lie’, claiming that recording the album was a “cathartic” process, “like therapy”.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, the former ‘X Factor’ judge said: “[I felt like] I wasn’t enough, that I wasn’t pretty, that I was fat, and that I wasn’t worthy of more.

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Nicole Scherzinger

“I’m in a different place in my life now. I feel a bit more confident and comfortable in my own skin to be able to talk about things that I hadn’t talked about before.”

Nicole also said that now her own problems are in the past, she hoped she could help others in similar positions with her music, adding: “I’m addressing some issues and things I’ve battled with in my life in the album and hopefully people can feel like they can relate to it.

“It feels good to be truthful because not everyone’s perfect. Everyone always has these pre-conceived notions - that you’re glamorous, you don’t have any problems, you don’t have any issues, and we all battle with our own issues.”

One song in particular - the album’s title track, ‘Big Fat Lie’ - speaks specifically about her problems with her eating disorder.

Introducing the “transitional” track at a showcase to support her new release earlier this week, Nicole told the audience: “Sometimes the biggest lies are the ones we tell ourselves. Sometimes you need to reveal, to heal.”

‘Big Fat Lie’, Nicole’s second album, is available in the UK from 20 October.

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