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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi isn’t one to hold things back. The 25-year-old star says whatever comes to mind and has always had a rather open rapport with her fans.

Last night, as Snooki and her partner Sasha Farber prepared to take the Dancing with the Stars stage, the Jersey Shore star opened up about something a lot of people probably didn’t know about the young mom. The tiny team’s routine was set to pay homage to something Nicole has always been passionate about – cheerleading – but there was a time when cheerleading took over her life, leading her down a dark road.

Snooki, who’s competing on this season of DWTS, opened up about her struggle with an eating disorder as a high school cheerleader. Nicole said she had grown to love cheering so much, she feared for her spot as a flyer on the team. New, younger girls joined Nicole and her squad, so she started starving herself to ensure she wouldn’t be replaced.

“I started eating one salad a day, and then it became, like, one cracker a day, and then it became just one grape a day. And then…just not eating at all for three days. It was a really, really bad time for me,” she explained.

Nicole has since gotten a handle on her eating disorder and is now an advocate for a fit and healthy lifestyle. She has dropped upwards of 60 pounds since giving birth to her son Lorenzo Lavalle, all by hitting the gym and eating right.

We couldn’t be more proud of you, girl! Keep it up.

Check out the video above.

SOURCE: Entertainment Wise | PHOTO CREDIT: Wenn

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