After being criticized for being too thin, Debbie Gibson took to her blog to confess the truth behind her skeletal appearance —“I was diagnosed with Lyme disease.”
While performing two sold out shows in Chile earlier this month, the 43-year-old pop icon shared photos of herself on Instagram—only to be later criticized for her slim figure.
“I feel compelled to address a health-related issue I have been dealing with…I am not exactly sure when or where I picked it up, but, in the early spring [of 2013], I began to show unusual symptoms,” she says.
“The first symptoms came in the form of food sensitivities. I found I could not touch sugar, starch, caffeine, certain oils etc., without having a severe reaction that felt like jolts of electricity running through my body.”
Debbie Gibson shared this pic on April 5 during a costume change in Chile.
Gibson goes on explaining how she wasn’t aware that she had Lyme until she felt “extremely fatigued.”
“I just kept resting and meditating and eating a ton of protein and fat to try to keep weight on… egg yolks, red meat, you name it!” the Little Birdie singer explains. “But the weight kept failing off and I had a gaunt and 'spinewy' look and felt extremely fragile as well as emotional and depressed. I could barely walk.”
After writing her emotional path to recovery, Gibson, in the end, says that she is still “undergoing treatment.”
“Beyond just 'glimmers of hope,' I actually feel like 'ME' again. These last round of shows have been therapeutic and uplifting,” she concludes. “We all face challenges and I am learning much from the ones I am facing. No disease in the body can keep the spirit from soaring, the love from pouring, and, nothing can stop the music!”
To read more about Gibson’s story about battling Lyme disease, click here to read her blog.