Nicole Richie is denying reports that she is anorexic and that the disease is affecting her marriage to Joel Madden. Star reported that the petite reality star had dropped down to a mere 88 pounds after months of consuming just 600-800 calories a day, claiming that for the last eight months her diet only consisted of juice, sunflower seeds, and gum. They also reported that Richie's anorexia was causing problems between her and husband, Joel Madden.
Madden has been filming The Voice in Australia, so he hasn't been around much. A source explained to the tabloid: "Joel has always tried to keep tight tabs on her diet, but since he's gone so often, no one's ever really sure how much she's eating anymore. He is extremely worried about her. He tells her that she needs to focus on her health for the sake of the children [Harlow, 5, and Sparrow, 4] because they need their mother."
Now sources close to Richie are firing back at the tabloid saying that all of these rumors are "completely false". Richie has spoken about her diet in the past and says that she stays in shape by following a healthy diet that includes juicing periodically. She is also a big fan of Tracy Anderson and does rigorous dance workouts with the celebrity trainer four days a week.
This isn't the first time the petite star has had to deny rumors of anorexia. In 2006 Richie lost a dramatic amount of weight and shocked fans when she was photographed on the beach with visible collarbones and exposed ribs. At the time she also denied the rumors of anorexia, telling Marie Claire UK, "It was a little unfair to say someone has an eating disorder when they don't. It's extremely insulting and irresponsible. An eating disorder is serious and it's a disease." She also said that her weight loss was due to stress, not anorexia. "I know I'm too thin right now, so I wouldn't want any young girl looking at me and saying, 'That's what I want to look like,'" Richie told Vanity Fair, "I'm not happy with the way I look right now." Eventually, Richie gained a little weight, which dispelled rumors of an eating disorder.
Richie was photographed on the AMAs red carpet recently, and while the Fashion Star judge is skinny, she didn't necessarily look anorexic. Her arms actually look nice and toned, and she has a healthy glow. And reports of her marriage being in trouble because of her supposed weight loss and diet sound very farfetched.
Check out Richie on her hilarious AOL show Candidly Nicole below.
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