Brandy Norwood who just released the audio to her latest single ‘Put It Down’ with Chris Brown – see below – gets raw on VH1’s “Behind The Music,” revealing her eating disorder struggle as a teen as she catapulted as one of the biggest teen stars in the 90’s on stage and on small screen.
“I wanted to be thin. That was my main thing. So I started not taking care of myself — not eating properly, not eating at all, diet pills, regurgitating, all of these things that girls do,” the 33-year-old admitted.
The mother of nine-year-old Sy’rai Iman Smith construed that even at the top of her game with hit after hit records, a starring role on a popular sitcom, and big screen films under her belt, she somehow still felt inadequate.
“People don’t understand that being the hottest star or making the most money does not mean anything,” she said. “I’m here to tell you I was making so much money — I was omnipresent — and I was the unhappiest teenager probably in the world.”
Another trigger to add to the stressors of stardom? Heartbreak.
The “Full Moon” singer spoke about her past relationship with Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris saying, “’He fell in love with someone else. The worst feeling is to be in love all by yourself. That feels f***ed up, honestly. It just really does. And that’s the only way I can really put it.”
Brandy even braved her latest heart drenching conflict, the 2006 fatal car crash she was involved in taking the life of Awatif Aboudihaj.
“I would hear what people would say, and still to this day they know that that’s a button,” a teary-eyed Brandy said. “They know that they can call me a murderer or call me someone that killed someone. They know that is a button for me. A murderer is someone who premeditates it. I didn’t wake up that day to be involved in a fatal car crash. I didn’t plan for that. And if I could take it back, I would.”
Though cleared of any wrongdoing, she wanted to be clear that “…this wasn’t news. It’s not something that should be talked about like it’s gossip. You don’t like me? Fine. But don’t use this situation to try to hurt me, because the guilt of being involved is enough. It’s something that I’ll never truly, truly get over. Ever.”
Kudos to Brandy for being so honest and revealing.
Brandy Behind the Music video:
Chris Brown and Brandy ‘Put it Down’ Audio: