Gabourey Sidibe Doesn’t Want To Talk About Her Weight
Hollywood actress Gabourey Sidibe is best known for her role in the Academy Award-nominated film “Precious” and her role as Becky in Fox’s Empire. The actress, like many in the public eye, has dealt with self-esteem issues and have been shaded by elite magazines due to her size. Opening up in her new memoir “This Is Just Face: Try Not to Stare,” Gabourey gets candid while discussing her battle with depression and eating disorders. In promotion of the self-revealing book, the actress discusses the book’s details, her weight loss surgery, dating, and her experience as a phone sex operator. Peep the excerpts below.
On being diagnosed with diabetes and undergoing surgery:
I was diagnosed a long time ago; six years or so. Here’s the thing, I think that people think that because I just lost weight, that it’s the first time the idea popped into my head. I’ve been fat my whole life and I’ve been trying to lose weight my whole life. The surgery was […] I kept thinking I’m gonna do the real big push and that would be the last thing I do and I realized, it’s the last thing.
On why surgery was the best decision:
Nothing was wrong. I’ve had 4-5 trainers. I’m always on this diet or whatever. There was nothing in particular happening, I just thought this would be the […] I had the gastric sleeve. It was a good decision.
On whether she’d been contact by Weight Watchers and the frustration with her weight being the topic of discussion:
I’m sure that they have. I’m not going to lose weight for money. […] I’m actually a normal person. The worst thing is that this conversation about my weight has been going on for too long in this segment so I don’t want to talk [about it]. Like any other normal person, I don’t want to talk about my body all the time.
On getting her heartbroken:
I think when I first was on I had a boyfriend […] Oh Lord, do not give him that! He did not break my heart. I’ve never had my heart broken. Certainly not by his a**.
On her current dating life:
I took three years to write this book and I just started directing last year. In the summer I directed my first short called, The Tale of Four, which is based on a Nina Simone song called, “The Four Women.” I say all of that to say that I’m dating my career.
Her thoughts on marriage:
I know the answer should be yes, but currently it’s like no. It’s not that I never want to be part of a family that I make and choose and all of that, but I’m still just like dating my career. I can’t see it right now.
On whether she’s ever been in love:
No. Oh, is that weird? I think that as a woman we constantly fall in love with people that we are sexually attracted to. I think we fall in love with our friends. I think we fall in love with our families. I think it’s easy to fall in love. I think I once tricked myself into thinking I was in love and I had to be away from it. I had to be away to realize that wasn’t love girl!
On being a successful phone sex operator:
To be fair, I sought out a phone sex job. I did it for two months and was promoted through the company — I became the receptionist. I became the person that takes the credit card information and then I became the monitor who listens in on the phone sex. Yeah, there’s lots of ways to make money you guys!