In an interview with Canada’s Entertainment Tonight, actress Jennie Garth explained that her recent weight loss was not intentional but, rather, a byproduct of rough times. Garth’s husband, Twilight actor Peter Facinelli, filed for divorce in March after 11 years of marriage and three children.
“I’ve been certainly going through a transitional time in my life,” Garth said.
“I think anybody who has been through something like what I’m going through and have been going through for the past couple years, can definitely relate that your body changes with your emotional state of mind sometimes. I think a lot of women can relate to that.”
But Garth is not “a lot of women,” Garth is a Famous Woman, which means she is required to justify all weight loss or gain in excess of three pounds to the body police powers that be. Ugh. It really makes you wish more celebs would follow the Ashley “It’s-none-of-your-business-why-I-look-puffy” Judd method of dealing with this kind of critique, or at least take a page from the LeAnne Rimes playbook. Last fall, Rimes slammed the press for focusing on her post-divorce weight loss.
“I was going through a divorce and I couldn’t get out of bed, and so I gained 10 pounds,” Rimes said. “And then I lose 10 pounds because now I’m moving around and I’m working … (weight loss) actually can happen, like, naturally. It’s a natural progression of life.”
I got a kick out of that, because it’s obviously true: People gain and lose weight all the time in response to stress, sadness and any number of life events. When this happens, many of us have faced a smaller-scale but similar scrutiny from the people in our own lives. And when we do, many of us have had to fight the urge to say “f**k off” to whoever’s doing the asking. I am sure I would not handle Garth’s situation with such aplomb.
Of course, Garth stars in her own reality television show. Garth is obviously putting herself out there in a way that, rightly or wrongly, invites discussion of the most intimate details of her personal life. Perhaps because of that — or in order to ensure she can keep doing that — Garth is going around and ever-so-politely explaining to the
tabloid editors concerned fans that her weight loss is trauma-induced.
And maybe she doesn’t even feel weird or annoyed about this; how the hell should I know? But as a meddling member of the same chattering class demanding Garth’s weight loss justifications, I would just like to say: Please let’s drop this “divorce diet” and “heartbreak diet” business, please. It is not a “controversial new” diet plan, because it is not a real thing. And fabricating weight-loss trends out of people’s heartbreaks and health issues is offensive and tacky. What’s next, the death diet? I’m so sorry your husband passed away, dear, but have you thought about what it could do for your figure? …