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Reality star Stephanie Pratt reveals struggles with crystal meth addiction and bulimia

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Published 19/08/2015 | 07:34

Stephanie Pratt
Stephanie Pratt
Stephanie Pratt has been booted out of Celebrity Big Brother

Stephanie Pratt took crystal meth 13 times a day during the height of her addiction - and even during breaks at school.

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The reality TV star developed depression when she was 13, and it was so bad she didn't care if she lived or not. Not long after this she was introduced to highly-addictive drug crystal meth by a friend and she was soon taking it on a daily basis.

Stephanie Pratt
Stephanie Pratt

"I was 14 or 15. I first smoked it before I went to see my therapist then went straight back to meet [my friend] Nicole to keep doing it. I had no idea what it really was. Other kids were smoking weed but I was on the extreme level and addiction developed instantly," she told British magazine New! exclusively.

"[I would do it] probably four or five times before school, then at snack... probably 12 or 13 times a day, I'd say for a good period of years I was never straight. When I was 17 my weight had gone down to that of a child - 101lbs."

Yes, that's Stephanie Pratt from The Hills (Spencer's big sister) and Spencer Matthews from Made in Chelsea. Holding hands. Really.
Yes, that's Stephanie Pratt from The Hills (Spencer's big sister) and Spencer Matthews from Made in Chelsea. Holding hands. Really.
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 contestant Stephanie Pratt
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Spencer Matthews from Made in Chelsea and Stephanie Pratt attends the Grand Prix Ball at The Hurlingham Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for the Grand Prix Ball)

Stephanie was also taking cocaine, which she first experimented with around the time she started taking crystal meth. She insists she wasn't pressured into it though, rather she felt it would make her seem more grown up if she tried it.

Initially her parents didn't know what she was doing, but when they figured it out they confronted her. They were worried she would die, and looking back, Stephanie - who has written a book about her life called Made in Reality - knows why.

Binky Felstead and Stephanie Pratt discuss Nichola Hughes on Made in Chelsea
Binky Felstead and Stephanie Pratt discuss Nichola Hughes on Made in Chelsea

"If not for the drugs, just because I was always driving so high. Literally, I feel like I was minutes away from the end," she said.

The star's low point came after she was arrested for shoplifting in Hawaii in 2006. She woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed and eventually went home to Los Angeles with her mum, but she couldn't shake her feelings of shame.

Eventually the star checked into rehab, which is what helped her conquer her addiction. She then joined US TV show The Hills, but things still weren't easy, as she developed bulimia. Stephanie has overcome the eating disorder and now feels pretty good about herself, but it was a scary time.

"I lost about six pounds in two weeks but bulimia made my face really puffy so I freaked out and began going on crazy little diets, like I'd only eat Tic Tacs," she recalled. "By the end of The Hills I weighed about 105lbs. - pretty much what I weighed at the height of my drug addiction."

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