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    Kelsea Ballerini Shared Her Struggle With Bulimia As A Teenager

    "It's a journey, and it's never-ending."

    You know country star Kelsea Ballerini.

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    Kelsea just released a poetry book Feel Your Way Through, and one of the topics she addresses is her struggle with bulimia as a teenager.

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    "A boy named Jackson called me 'kangaroo' when I was a freshman in high school. ... He explained this new nickname because of my belly and little legs," she writes in a poem titled "Kangaroo."

    Ballerini also reveals that, while battling bulimia, she took diet pills and excessively worked out before seeking help at 18, after which she'd passed out several times.

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    In an interview with People, Ballerini also said that headlines about her "baby bump" following a 2015 Today performance briefly brought her back to her adolescent mindset. "I reverted back to that 12-year-old version of me but thought: Either you're going to get triggered by this all the time, or you're going to get to a point where you're okay enough to look past it."

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    These days, Ballerini says she's in "a much healthier spot, and I'm much more gentle with how I talk to myself and my body."

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    "There are still days where I revert back to being that 12-year-old, and I have to catch myself, and hold myself accountable to the work I've done."

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    Read the entire interview here.

    The National Eating Disorders Association helpline is 1-800-931-2237; for 24/7 crisis support, text “NEDA” to 741741.