Megan Fox on dealing with insecurities and body dysmorphia

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Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz - Getty Images

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 GQ Magazine 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.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

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.

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