She rose to fame as the lead singer of fierce girl group The Pussycat Dolls, who sold 50million records in the Noughties.
Amidst the band’s euphoric success, Nicole Scherzinger was ravaged by a secret battle with bulimia – and admitted her body-image issues took hold when she was just 14 and would run in the middle of the night to get ‘thinner thighs’.
In an interview for Cosmopolitan’s September issue, the X Factor judge, 39, revealed her eating disorder left her feeling ‘imprisoned’ and ‘stole’ her happiness.
‘I’m more accepting of my body now. I was always very critical of myself from a young age, and when I was 14, I started running,’ Nicole confessed.
‘I would go outside in the middle of the night and run, because I thought I had to be thinner and that my thighs should look a certain way.
‘When I got The Pussycat Dolls, it really amplified that because it had so much to do with showing your body off.’
Discussing her battle with bulimia, she added: ‘It was very imprisoning and it stole all of my happiness, confidence and memories.’
Nicole admitted the disorder really took hold during The Pussycat Dolls, which formed in 2004 and had huge chart-success from 2005 up to 2010, selling 50m records worldwide before their split that year.