Gabourey's mum defends her size
Published 16/03/2010 | 16:16
Gabourey Sidibe's mother Alice Tan Ridley has hit back at outspoken US radio host Howard Stern for his comments about the Precious star's size.
Stern blasted the Oscar-nominated actress on his Sirius radio show earlier this month, saying: "She is enormous, everyone's pretending she's a part of showbusiness and she's never going to be in another movie."
In an interview with US TV show Inside Edition, Ridley told Stern to "get a life", adding: "We all see that Gaby is a big girl, what's wrong with that? She's not like everybody else in the world."
Stern said afterwards: "The point I was trying to make is that obesity in this country is out of control. What's really sad is that you see people saying it's OK to be like this, you have to love your own body.
"I feel this girl is going to kill herself - you can't eat like this. I did enjoy her performance (in Precious). I have nothing against her, I'm just trying to say she's enormous.
"The girl has got tremendous problems and she needs help."
Meanwhile, 25-year-old Gabourey - who told The Oprah Winfrey Show she went on her first diet aged six - has been approached by an online diet pill company that wants to help her lose weight, according to TMZ.com.
The company allegedly wrote to the star saying: "The only way you can reach your goal of someday winning that Oscar is by being active, fit, and most of all, healthy."
But the National Association To Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) has spoken out in the stars defence, saying: "Fat does not equal disease and thin does not equal healthy."