Whoa, Gabourey Sidibe is thinner than ever — just don't tell her that! The Empire star told ABC News’ Robin Roberts why compliments on her weight loss are the "the weirdest thing in the world."
“You don’t need to congratulate me on it,” the Precious actress told Robin in an episode of the Good Morning America host’s podcast “Everybody’s Got Something.” “You don’t congratulate me every time I blow my nose. I needed to. It’s my body,” she continued. “Mind your own body.”
Although Gabourey recognized “that people are coming from a good place,” she considers the admiration to be “so misogynistic.” “We tell women what they need to look like, and what they don’t need to look like,” she explained. “There are plenty of like fat guys or whatever, and no one has ever written think pieces about why they need to lose weight. No one’s ever going to accuse them while they were, you know, on a show promoting their film, that they’re actually promoting an unhealthy diet.”
The Empire star detailed the journey in her memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. “My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half. This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it!” she wrote. “My lifelong relationship with food had to change.”
Dress by @eloquii , bathing suit by @gabifresh , wind and grace by GAWD!! 📸: @kperryjr A post shared by Gabby Sidibe 👸🏿 (@gabby3shabby) on May 26, 2017 at 1:13pm PDT
Dress by @eloquii , bathing suit by @gabifresh , wind and grace by GAWD!! 📸: @kperryjr
A post shared by Gabby Sidibe 👸🏿 (@gabby3shabby) on May 26, 2017 at 1:13pm PDT
In May, the 34-year-old took to Instagram to flaunt her incredible weight loss transformation in a super sexy red bikini. "I'm screaming!!!! You look so cute! Love it! Love it," someone commented. "You look fabulous darling!" Another agreed. A third chimed in with, "This swimsuit on you is EVERYTHING!" We definitely have to agree — you're an inspiration, Gab!
Scroll through the gallery to see how much she's transformed through the years!
The actress starred in her first movie, Precious, this year.