Male Celebrities Who Opened Up About Their Body Image Issues

It's not just women.

There is a lot of (great) dialogue happening right now about women and body image. It is widely accepted that women suffer from physical insecurities because of unrealistic standards they receive from pop culture. One second, thin is in. The next, it’s all about the booty. Women feel like they can’t keep up, and eventually, we realized why: Media representation is horse crap. No women actually look like airbrushed models.

It’s a different story for men. The discussion about male body image isn’t as big, but dudes experience the same crippling insecurities. We either have to build hulking muscles or rock a svelte frame. Anything else is considered lesser-than. Again, this is bullsh-t, just as much as female expectations are bullsh-t. But we don’t talk about it as much, which is a shame given 10 million guys suffer from eating disorders in the United States alone.

These nine male celebrities did something to break the mold: They opened up about their own battles with looks, food and exercise. From Ryan Reynolds to Sam Smith, guy A-listers aren’t immune to body dysmorphia. Props to them for opening the door for other dudes to come forward with their struggles.

  • 1 Robert Pattinson
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    The Twilight star admitted to Australia’s Sunday Style magazine he suffers from body dysmorphia and would rather “get drunk” than exercise. “I don’t have a six pack and I hate going to the gym. I’ve been like that my whole life,” he said. “I never want to take my shirt off.”

  • 2 Ryan Reynolds
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    “I feel like an overweight, pimply-faced kid a lot of the time,” Reynolds said, according to The Huffington Post. Yes, we’re talking about the same Reynolds…the one with the six pack.

  • 3 Daniel Radcliffe
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    Radcliffe admitted he felt insecure about his slender appearance in the film Kill Your Darlings (2013). “I remember thinking at the time, ’I’m in a pretty good shape at the moment,’ and then I saw the movie and I was like, ’I am just skin and bones. There is no muscle there at all.'”

  • 4 Zac Efron
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    Efron is walking sex. However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel awkward about his looks from time to time. According to The Sun, Efron’s first thought when he sees himself on screen is, “My head is huge.”

  • 5 Chris Pratt
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    The lovable funny man-now-ripped movie star opened up during a Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) press conference about his struggle with eating and self image. “I do know what it feels like to eat emotionally, and…to be be sad and make yourself happy with food. And then to be almost immediately sad again and now ashamed and then to try to hide those feelings with more food,” he said, adding, “I know what it’s like to have body image issues.”

  • 6 Elton John
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    The music icon battled bulimia until 1990 and often confided in Princess Diana, who also struggled with the disorder. “It was so nice to talk to someone — ’Oh, you did that too?'” Elton told USA Today. “And she said it was so awkward to run to the toilet after the meal.”

  • 7 Ed Sheeran
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    The redheaded cutie admitted in a radio interview that he hates running on treadmills and doing sit-ups. He also added, “I was never really happy with my image, and then I realized it was because I was eating fried food and drinking beer every day.”

  • 8 Sam Smith
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    Smith has spoken publicly several times about his issues with food and weight. In one interview with with Australia’s 60 Minutes, he said being called “fat” is astronomically worse than a homophobic slur. “I’ve accepted that, if someone calls me a fa–ot, I am gay and I’m proud to be gay so there’s no issues there,” he said. “If someone calls you fat, it’s like, something I want to change. Something I can change, so that affects me more.”

  • 9 Matt McGorry
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    McGorry, a former competitive bodybuilder, admits he felt weird about doing his first shirtless scene for Orange Is the New Black. “I remember the first shirtless scene I ever did on Orange, I was obsessively dieting, and when I saw that scene before the show ever came out, I thought I had blown it. I was like, ’Oh no! I didn’t get as lean as I could’ve,'” he said.

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