Nicole Scherzinger Recalls Battle with Bulimia: It's a 'Paralyzing Disease'

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Nicole Scherzinger fought back tears as she recalled to Cosmopolitan magazine her struggle with an eating disorder.

"It is such a horrible paralyzing disease and it was such a dark time for me," the former Pussycat Doll frontwoman reveals. "That's why I can empathize so much with people who have demons and voices in their heads, who aren't nice to themselves. It robs you of living your life."

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Scherzinger, 36, confesses that her battle with bulimia got so bad that she started losing her voice and even passed out a few times.

During her X Factor fame, Scherzinger spoke out about her eating disorder for the first time to VH1. "I guess it was like my addiction. I never did drugs, but kinda doing things to myself was my addiction."

She added, "It's like when I got off stage, I was on this high, and I'd come back to my room and I'd be alone, so I would just do things. My bulimia was my addiction; hurting myself was my addiction."