Katharine McPhee's Shocking Confession
June 21, 2006

It's the painful secret behind Katharine McPhee's famous face.

The "American Idol" sweetheart is dropping a bomb in the new People magazine, bravely revealing the torment she's kept hidden for years -- a dangerous battle with bulimia that nearly destroyed her brilliant voice.

"When she was at her worst with her ordeal, she was throwing up seven times a day," People's Jamie Bufalino revealed of Kat's struggle with weight, which she claims started as a teen. Bufalino told us that McPhee credits "Idol" with saving her life. "She decided this is the point where she just really has to stop it because this is her chance to become a singing star," Bufalino added.

Katharine sought out help at an LA area eating disorder clinic.

Meanwhile, millions of "American Idol" fans, and even the judges, had no idea of Katharine's struggle throughout the competition.

The songstress was at war with her demons and even hinted about her torturous relationship with food to our Terri Seymour the night before the finale. "I was always trying to lose weight and then I was obsessed about the food," she said. "As soon as I stopped worrying about the food, the weight just started coming off."

Katharine revealed she's dropped 30 pounds and gone down three dress sizes the healthy way, thanks to getting help and the support of her parents and boyfriend, Nick Cokas.

In addition to People, McPhee is also Teen People's next covergirl. "I'm very honored, flattered, that people say I'm a role model for young girls," she admitted.

Catch Kat in Teen People June 30, and in People magazine this Friday.


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