Bebe Rexha claims she would 'starve' herself for music videos
If there's one word that springs to mind when it comes to the media persona of singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, it's ''outspoken''.
From calling out music execs who tell her she's "too old" to be sexy, to opening up about instances of sexual misconduct she has experienced firsthand, the 30-year-old has no qualms about telling it like it is.
Recently, in fact, the Meant To Be singer spoke out against size discrimination - in the October issue of Cosmopolitan UK:
"When I first got signed, the label said, 'Are you ready to get in boot-camp shape?' They wanted me to lose 20lb (almost a stone and a half). Back then I was so small, I was only 130lb. It f**ked me up. I was so cold all the time. I would starve myself before filming a music video," Bebe explains.
Bebe Rexha talks about body positivity on The Jonathan Ross Show:
Bebe then goes on to talk about a female creative director who allegedly made her work out twice a day. "She’d sit opposite me at the dinner table and say, 'You’re not losing enough.' All I was eating was salad."
For the next seven years, the hitmaker was forced to deal with inappropriate comments about her weight, which began to take its toll on her self-worth.
This all came to a head in January 2019, when Bebe began searching for something to wear at the Grammys, with little success. She was then told by her stylist: "Honestly? People are saying you’re too big to fit into their dresses."
"It broke my heart," the singer recalled. "I was so sad, so depressed. I felt like I was garbage. That sadness hardened into something much more powerful – rage. I thought to myself, 'This is bullshit,'"
"I was mad. I wasn’t trying to get back at anyone, but I wasn’t standing for it any more. I was in the studio and I just left, went into the kitchen, and made a video on my phone."
"If a size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you… That’s crazy. You’re saying that all the women in the world that are a size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses… f**k you, I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses."
Bebe also took the opportunity to share her experiences with inappropriate music producers.
"There was a producer who would come into the studio and massage my feet," she said. "One time he tried to go above my knees and was getting a little rough, [so] I pulled my feet away. He said, 'Nah, I’m going to do what I want.' But I was raised to never let someone touch my body if I don’t want them to. He’s really famous. My former managers said, 'Just work with him, you need a hit song.'"