Bam Margera has opened up about his struggles with bulimia and drugs in a new documentary.
Following the absurd success of Jackass and Viva La Bam, the pro skater found himself in a bit of a pickle regarding his career.
Unsure where to go, Bam hit the bottle – again and again, putting on weight in the process.
His mum, April, recalled how weight had always been a concern for her young son, in the first episode of EPICLY LATER’D on Viceland.
He always wanted to have this very slim, slim look. A lot of it happened when he became good friends with Ville Valo.
Ville drank a lot… He’s the loveliest man ever, but he never ate. He just drank. I think Bam started sipping on a beer because he liked the way he looked.
I remember when me and Ville Valo were out in London and he woke up at noon, opened up the mini bar and cracked open a beer.
That was the first time I was introduced to day drinking – I didn’t start officially drinking until maybe 24 or 25, then the rock star life and drinking spun out of control.
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We would go out to dinner and he would immediately excuse himself and go to the bathroom.
I’d say, ‘Are you throwing up?’ And he’d say, ‘Yeah, yeah. Sometimes I throw up and that way I’m not gonna get fat’.
It really hurts when people make comments, ‘You look like you gained some weight there.’ ‘You look like you’re looking like your dad.’ I don’t respond but I feel like saying, ‘He was drinking alcohol, and he was bulimic. And that’s why he was thin.
Here’s wishing Bam all the best for the future.