Alexa PenaVega Opens Up About Battle With Bulimia and Her Emotional Elimination on 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Jackie Willis 7:17 AM PST, November 10, 2015
Playing Alexa PenaVega Opens Up About Battle With Bulimia and Her Emotional Elimination on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Alexa PenaVega had a tearful elimination from Dancing With the Stars on Monday night, but she admitted to ET after the show that she has "so much more confidence" after competing on the program.

Emotions were running high when the former Nashville actress was voted off as cameras cut to her husband, Carlos PenaVega, who is also competing on DWTS, looking visibly taken aback that his wife was cut.

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"He's just my biggest supporter," Alexa told ET, tearing up all over again. "He's the best thing I could've ever asked for."

On Monday's episode, Alexa opened up about her battle with bulimia that she started when she was 15 and continued until she was 21. The 27-year-old star said it wasn't until recently that she felt comfortable talking about her prior eating disorder.


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"I never wanted people to associate me with a problem, and that's the biggest fear you have with trying to overcome that. You don't wanna tell anybody because you're like, 'I don't want anyone to associate me with bulimia or an eating disorder in any way,'" she said. "So finally being able to just let it go and say, 'You know what, I know who I am. I know I've gotten past this and I'm proud of myself.'"

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She added, "For me, I'm just like, let the world know. ...I wish I had someone who was going to be real with me [and] who was just so open about it."

While Alexa's time on DWTS has come to an end, she told ET that she's leaving feeling better than when she arrived. "Honestly this journey was so beautiful," she gushed. "I've learned so much more about myself and I really feel like if there was a night to go, tonight's the night and I was able to talk about something I was always so afraid of. If I can help people with that, that's what I wanna do."

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