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Megan Fox on dealing with insecurities and body dysmorphia

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Despite being known as one of the sexiest women on the planet, Megan Fox has admitted she's not as confident as everyone thinks she is. Opening up in an interview with British GQ Style published yesterday (11 October), the actor revealed she struggles with "deep insecurities" and has body dysmorphia.

Alongside her boyfriend, Machine Gun Kelly, the 35-year-old sat down with journalist Molly Lambert to share her experience of dealing with body dysmorphia. "We may look at somebody and think, 'That person’s so beautiful. Their life must be so easy'," she said, "[But] they most likely don’t feel that way about themselves."

"Yeah, I have body dysmorphia," Megan added, "I have a lot of deep insecurities." According the the NHS, body dysmorphic disorder is a "mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others. "

Body dysmorphic disorder can cause stress, anxiety and depression, which if left untreated (through antidepressants or cognitive behaviour therapy) can end up affecting a person's daily life, including their ability to work and socialise, as well as their relationships.

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Although Megan didn't go into detail in her interview with GQ about what causes her body dysmorphia, in the past she's opened up about how the attention her body gets has impacted her mental health. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in 2019, the actor highlighted how she came close to her "breaking point" after the success of her movie, Jennifer's Body. Megan explained how, after the hit film was released in 2009, she felt consistently sexualised by the media and the public.

"It wasn't just that movie, it was every day of my life, all the time, with every project I worked on and every producer I worked with," she said, "It preceded a breaking point for me. "

Megan continued: "I think I had a genuine psychological breakdown. I didn’t want to be seen, I didn’t want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet, I didn’t want to be seen in public at all."

In their interview with GQ, MGK also talked about his own mental heath. The 31-year-old revealed he has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which he attributes to his difficult upbringing and previous issues with drugs. PTSD, according to the NHS, is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.

After opening up about his experience with PTSD, the musician explained how his relationship with Megan has helped him deal with his mental health. "She’s [Megan] helped me realise that you can’t bury your trauma," he said.

Read Megan and MGK's full interview with GQ here.

If you or anyone you know is dealing with body dysmorphia, visit Beat for information and advice.

Jade Biggs Jade Biggs (she/her) is Cosmopolitan UK's Features Writer, covering everything from breaking news and latest royal gossip, to the health and fitness trends taking over your TikTok feed.

Megan Fox Reveals She Has Body Dysmorphia and 'Deep Insecurities'

  • Megan Fox said she has body dysmorphia during a joint GQ interview with Machine Gun Kelly on Monday.
  • "I have a lot of deep insecurities," Fox told the outlet.
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Megan Fox revealed that she has body dysmorphia during a joint interview with her boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly for British GQ on Monday.

"I have body dysmorphia. I have a lot of deep insecurities," the 35-year-old actress said.

"We may look at somebody and think, 'That person's so beautiful. Their life must be so easy.' They most likely don't feel that way about themselves," she told the outlet. 

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Body dysmorphia is a mental health disorder that affects the way a person thinks about and views their physical selves, Insider's Sarah Fielding reported. 

An individual with body dysmorphia often fixates on their perceived physical flaws and compares themselves to others. It's common for those with the disorder to also have depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, and substance misuse.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, an estimated 5 million to 10 million people in the US have body dysmorphia, though the numbers may be higher since many individuals refrain from receiving an official diagnosis.

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Earlier this year, the "Jennifer's Body" actress opened up about facing mental-health struggles during her adolescence.

"I came into the world really bright and sunny and happy," the Tennessee-born star told CR Fashion Book in September.

She continued, "However, at a certain point, I went through some trauma in childhood and I developed a pretty severe eating disorder and manic depression, which runs in my family, so there was definitely some wrestling with chemical imbalance going on."

Fox has appeared in films including "Jennifer's Body" and "Midnight in the Switchgrass." Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

As Fox catapulted into the spotlight from her role as love interest Mikaela Banes in the 2007 film "Transformers," she grew frustrated by the widely held assumption that she was shallow and lacked intellect.

"I had always known that I was smart, so it was weird to have that one thing taken away from me now that I'm famous," Fox said. "When I was growing up, being smart was the only thing that I felt was a strong suit for me. I never resonated with being pretty or being popular, I was none of those things."

She went on: "All of these other reasons that people recognize me, all of which I don't resonate with or believe, and then to have the one thing that I do believe about myself be taken away, has been very challenging."

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Hollywood star, girlfriend of actor and part-time racing driver Brian Austin-Green, Megan Fox is recognized as the most popular person on the social network Facebook. In 2011, she gained more followers than any other celebrity, and the like button on her page was clicked 29 million times. The second and third places in the ranking were taken by Vin Diesel and Adam Sandler.

Meanwhile, Megan seems to have lost interest in the movies. Now she is much more interested in theater and modeling career. She made her debut on Broadway and also became the face of the autumn-winter collection of Georgio Armani. The actress also admitted that she does not like to look at herself on the screen.

“I can't even look at myself in 2D. What can we say about 3D. On the screen, people see us completely different from what we really are, ”Megan admitted.

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Tragic facts from the biography of Megan Fox

April 30,

A bright appearance, a stunning figure, cash projects, a beloved boyfriend and a multi-million army of fans - it's hard not to wish to be in her place at least for one day. But Hollywood isn't always as glamorous as it seems, and that dogma is especially true for the "Jennifer's Body" star. Constantly in the spotlight, Fox spoke quite often about her rocky relationship with fame. In fact, her anxiety and societal pressure became so strong that she felt like she had to give up her career for a while. For ten years after this difficult decision, the popularity of the star was on the decline. Some might think that she completely disappeared from Hollywood. But the actress was able to rise from the ashes and fall in love with the audience again. Unfortunately, Meghan went through a lot of trauma and pain to get to where she is today. We recall the tragic facts from the celebrity biography of the actress, which further emphasize her fortitude.

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Megan Fox with her mother Gloria Darlene Fox in their social networks, 2018

Megan was going through a hard divorce of her parents

In an interview for CR Fashion Book, the star spoke about the trauma experienced in childhood. The world collapsed for the actress after the divorce of her father and mother, because after Megan always tried to attract the attention of her father. Soon, my mother found happiness with another man, but her stepfather was very strict with her and constantly punished her. In addition, the home tyrant was never allowed to invite friends, so the actress became an outsider in the company. However, not all of her problems were connected only with her father. Fox admitted that her mother did not really believe in her daughter's acting ambitions.

“My mother never believed that I would be successful, but I never doubted it,” Megan recalled in an interview with Elle.

Megan Fox at the Star of the Scene premiere in New York, 2004

Fox had a severe eating disorder at a young age behavior. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these disorders are common in childhood and can even be fatal. Fox may have survived her illness, but it still continued to influence her well into adulthood. In conversation with GQ in 2009The star revealed that her desire to rebel against her Hollywood beauty image led to a return to disordered eating. Subsequently, she lost 30 kilograms for the main role of a succubus cheerleader in the film "Jennifer's Body" and almost remained without hair, but fortunately she realized in time that this was a road to nowhere.

Megan Fox during the fourth day of Olympus Fashion Week, 2006

The star was bullied at school

Judging by that very film, many people think that Megan Fox was the most popular girl in school due to her appearance, but it turns out in her youth she was bullied a lot. According to the star, instead of sitting at the table of tough kids at her Christian high school, she spent her days dining alone in a toilet stall.

“I wasn't popular for a second. Everyone hated me, and I was a complete outcast. Guys have always been my friends, I have a very aggressive character, and girls didn’t like me for that. In all my life I had only one good friend, ”she said in an interview.

Fox's desire to become a Hollywood star only made matters worse, and one classmate even dressed up as her for Halloween. However, Meghan admitted that she still experiences similar torment from the audience to this day. “Fame is the same, but on a global scale, when millions of people constantly mock you,” she explained.

Still from the film "Jennifer's Body", 2009

Fox's mental health was at a catastrophic low

Negative media attention seriously affected Megan Fox's mental health. In 2009, when the film "Jennifer's Body" was released, the actress was literally on the edge. In an interview with reporters in 2010, the actress spoke about her significant experiences associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder and obsessive thoughts. She even sought professional help when her illness reached its peak.

“People can't imagine what it's like to fight when you can't express a thought or say a word. I don't like being followed. I want to be invisible,” she said.

In 2019, Fox spoke with Jennifer's Body screenwriter Diablo Cody about how they created a once-cult classic in horror history. Remembering that period, the actress admitted that her fear of being seen and judged by someone reached a peak moment.

“I didn't want to appear in public at all because of fear, conviction and absolute certainty that I would be mocked, or spit on, or someone would yell at me,” she admitted.

Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried in Jennifer's Body, 2009

Megan feels alone

Megan Fox has always been a proud lone wolf. Whether because of the strict rules in her stepfather's house, or because she ate in toilet stalls to avoid the attention of bullies. In an interview, the actress admitted that as a child she had an irresistible need to be alone. “I could go days, weeks without talking to other people. Perhaps I could live alone for months and be completely satisfied, ”she said.

For the most part, the self-proclaimed introvert says she really is that comfortable. However, even people like her can get lonely, especially if they isolate themselves from society for a long time. According to Fox, the fame surprisingly made her feel more alone than ever before. In an interview with GQ, the star said that she finds it extremely strange that everyone knows who she is, but no one knows her true face.

“It's really an overwhelming feeling of loneliness. Because no one knows me and at the same time everyone knows me. It's really a strange feeling. Kind of otherworldly,” she said.

Megan Fox and David Gallagher at the premiere of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2003

In Hollywood, Megan Fox was sexually objectified at a young age

Movie director Michael Bay and Megan Fox have a complicated history, to put it mildly. Their working relationship began in 2003 when the actress starred in the action movie Bad Boys 2. Fox reminisced about the role during a 2009 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where she admitted that she was only 15 years old at the time. Even then, the teenage girl wore a bikini and high heels for her episodic role. Due to her age, the star was unable to portray drinking in the club scene. And what was the solution to the situation? Bay made her dance under a waterfall in this skimpy outfit. Unfortunately, this incident was commonplace during that difficult period. Despite fans' fears, the star assured that she had never experienced any form of sexual harassment from Michael.

Megan Fox at the Liverpool Fashion Festival 2017

Fox couldn't fit into the Hollywood format

It's very hard to be part of projects when you feel like you can't be yourself. For many people, choosing clothes is one of the best forms of self-expression. Unfortunately, Megan Fox did not have such an opportunity: the star claims that at the peak of her career, the producers prevented her from choosing a wardrobe. “They tried to dress me more seriously. I looked like I was always going somewhere for brunch, and it didn’t match my inner sense of self at all, ”she admitted. Speaking to Vogue, Fox said that she often didn't like the options sent to the actress for the red carpet, and some of them did not even fit. After meeting Machine Gun Kelly, she felt like she could break free of those shackles. Since the star returned to normal, she has created several iconic looks, including donning a chic pink jumpsuit that she wore to the 2021 iHeartRadio Awards and a stunning gothic dress that she wore to the MTV VMAs in that same year.

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2013

Megan Fox divorced her husband Brian Austin Green

Megan Fox started dating Brian Austin Green when she was only 18 years old . Although he was 13 years older than the girl, this did not stop him from feeling an instant attraction to the popular actor. After six years of dating, they finally decided to tie the knot. Shortly before the wedding, Fox admired her boyfriend in US Weekly and said that now she is in love with him more than at first. Despite the ups and downs, the couple remained together for 16 years. But in 2022, the couple separated and shared joint custody of their three children. In an interview, Fox admitted that the divorce was the result of a strong transition period.

Megan Fox celebrates Halloween with her sons, 2018

She was made a bad mother

Unfortunately, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green did not always understand each other in matters of raising their children. According to Page Six, the two even got into a public feud when the father shared a photo of himself and their son in adorable Halloween costumes. While the shot may have seemed innocuous, Meghan had slightly different ideas about the shot. The star suggested that the post showed Green as a holy father, while the actress was put in a bad light. She noted that you can celebrate the holiday with children, but just do not post pictures of the fun on the network. “You are so passionate about fueling the popular belief that I am a bad mother and you are the eternally devoted father of the year…” she wrote.

It is understandable that Fox is especially sensitive to the problem of how she is seen as a mother. In an emotional interview, the star admitted that she is always condemned for developing a career and being a mother at the same time. “I have to be inconspicuous and stay at home with the kids,” Meghan explained.

Megan Fox and Coulson Baker GQ photo shoot 2021

Fox has body dysmorphic disorder

It's hard to believe that a woman as flamboyant as Megan Fox struggles with her looks. But apparently, the Transformers star sees himself differently than everyone else. The actress's insecurities are perhaps hard to understand. However, given how much the star is concerned about her appearance, her concerns are somewhat logical.

“I really live in a glass box. And I'm put on display for men to pay to see me. And that worries me,” she said in a 2009 interview.

In 2021, the star admitted to GQ that she has body dysmorphic disorder, a mental disorder characterized by a person's obsession with often-imagined physical imperfections. "We can look at someone and think, 'This person is so handsome. Their life must be awesome. They probably don't treat themselves that way,'" she said.0003

Megan Fox for CR Fashion Book, 2021

Fox still feels uncomfortable about fame

It seems that in recent years, the media has apologized to Megan Fox, acknowledging how badly she was treated at the peak of her career. Unfortunately, it looks like the actress still doesn't feel fully accepted by the audience. In fact, during an interview with CR Fashion Book in 2021, Fox said she feels like she continues to be publicly shamed for everything she does. “I’m sitting here and I don’t believe that everyone has now risen to this new level of consciousness. This archaic shaming of women, shaming of mothers, all this is still quite common, at least in my life, ”she said.

To this day, the actress worries about how much she is upset by the problem of blaming mothers. She explained to the publication that she feels like she can't be seen in public without her kids, and everyone expects her to be with them every second of her time. At the same time, fathers are never criticized for living outside the family, as is the case with women.

Megan Fox tells Jay Leno about having his tattoo removed on The Tonight, 2012

Megan is very sympathetic to Marilyn Monroe

Early in her career, Megan Fox was known for looking up to the tragic story of Marilyn Monroe. She even once got a tattoo of her picture on her right arm. In a 2009 interview with Wonderland, she revealed that she had read all the biographies of the late Hollywood icon who struggled with mental illness and died at 36. Fox said she understands the internal conflicts in the fate of the tragic sex bomb of the 50s. When asked where her obsession with the star came from, she answered the publication as follows:0003

“I definitely have some kind of mental problem, but I can't pinpoint exactly what it is. It seems to me that I can easily go the way of Mnoro, and I need to know everything about the problem, because I feel that this will help me avoid it, ”she added.

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