Alexa PenaVega on Her Struggle with Bulimia: ‘In a Strange Way, You Enjoy It’

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by Stephanie

For six years, Alexa PenaVega silently struggled with bulimia.

But thanks to the confidence she found while competing on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars, the former Spy Kids star, 27, found the strength to go public with her story.

"The one thing that I had always wanted was for someone to be real with me about that whole situation," PenaVega told PEOPLE after Monday's show of her battle with bulimia, which started in childhood after she was told by a movie producer that she was too fat.

"You read textbooks and it's just so, well, textbook. 'This is how you get over bulimia.' But it is so much deeper than that," she continued. "I wish I'd had somebody who could have told me, 'It's scary.' You struggle giving it up. You want to get rid of it but you struggle because, in a strange way, you enjoy it."

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I know I messed up a bit, but for the most part I felt really good about last week. I feel like the judges saw a different side of me.

I am really over messing up though. It's just embarrassing. The first couple of times I did it, it was just like, "I'll get it." But now I'm looking to really get to the root of why it keeps happening

My partner Mark Ballas has been giving me all the right tools in rehearsal, though, and we realized that I needed mental markers of where I am on the dance floor during each part of the dance because I often had no idea where I was physically because I am so focused on the specific steps. That has really helped, and I'm hoping for no more mess ups going forward.

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Unfortunately, Alexa and Mark were eliminated tonight :( Thanks so so much to everyone who voted all these weeks!

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What did you think of Alexa and Mark's creative Argentine tango? #dwts

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Posted on November 2nd, 2015 by Starfan

We can't let Alexa & Mark be in jeopardy again. She needs our votes! Don't forget!!!!


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