Model Stayed Thin Due To Disturbing Diet Of ‘Tapas And Cocaine’

by : Charlie Cocksedge on : 09 Jan 2019 20:12
Ruby Tuesday Matthewsrubytuesdaymatthews/Instagram

An Australian model has opened up about the extreme lengths she went to in order to lose weight and keep her slim figure when she started working as a model.

Ruby Tuesday Matthews was taking part in a question and answer session on social media, when one fan asked how she maintained her 120-pound frame.


The 25-year-old model then explained it was down to her lifestyle and diet, which basically consisted of ‘tapas and cocaine’.


Speaking during the Q&A session, Ruby said:

People don’t realise how easy it is to hide something. Whether it’s addiction, depression, anxiety, it’s easy to hide those things.


She also spoke about the fashion and ‘influencer’ industry, saying her lifestyle is not an uncommon thing.

Ruby added:

I need to be careful what I’m saying here, but in the influencer industry, everyone loves the baggie.

That is how most physiques are maintained… that’s how my physique was maintained.


These days, however, Ruby does not live off the same ill-advised diet as she used to, as news.com.au reports.

Now a mother of two, she gave up cocaine just three days before learning she was pregnant.

Ruby said:

I didn’t know I was pregnant. I was with a friend and we were out at a party and I was feeling really sick and went home. I had the worst hangover the next day, and I never used to get them.

I didn’t think I was pregnant — I was really thin and partying a lot and no one thought I would be able to fall pregnant.


After taking a test however, Ruby went to doctors who confirmed her pregnancy and, after expressing concern she may have harmed the baby due to her drug use, reassured her that everything was fine.


The 25-year-old now weighs 143 pounds, and doesn’t care about maintaining her old, skinny figure as it’s ‘just a number’.


During the Q&A session, Ruby also talked about a miscarriage she suffered when she was 16 years old, which led to her battling depression and even attempting suicide.

She explained:

It was probably one of the hardest times in my whole life. To see two people be so relieved in you losing a baby was really hurtful. My mum and dad didn’t know what to do with me.

Ruby’s parents decided to send her to Cambodia which, she says, ‘changed my life’.

She added:

I have battled with mental health demons on and off for most of my life. It is a topic I am going to be talking about a lot more this year.

These days, thankfully, Ruby’s diet is far from her previous intake of just tapas, coffee and cocaine.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist and sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.

Topics: Fashion


  1. news.com.au

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