The beautiful actress Brittany Murphy died suddenly on Sunday and friends tell of her fight with her “inner demons” which included body image issues. Read more on the late Brittany Murphy’s struggles below.
Just weeks before Murphy’s sudden death Dec. 20 at age 32, her very thin frame had people talking at the Tt Collection Pop-up Party in Los Angeles. It brought back talk of a possible eating disorder and rumored drug abuse.
Murphy denied any drug use and told Jane Magazine:
“I have never tried it in my entire life,” she insisted to Jane magazine. “I’ve never even seen it … It couldn’t be further from the truth.”
And that same year during her promotion for Sin City, she spoke on rumors of an eating disorder.
“I’m the same size I was in Clueless; it’s just that the weight in your face changes as you grow and get older,” she said. “This is my body. I’m proud of it … I’m healthy.”
But her friends reveal a darker side and Brittany’s obsession with being perfect.
“She had insane self-image issues,” one says. “Her weight, her hair, her clothes, her skin, her teeth, everything. She was always so self-conscious.”
Adds another: “A lot of her problems were due to poor self image. She wore extraordinary amounts of makeup, tons of fake eyelashes, got her teeth capped, dyed her hair blonde, lost weight – she wanted to be a beauty. She didn’t want to be the fat girl from Clueless. She didn’t eat a lot. She would drink copious amounts of coffee.”
Her friends say Brittany and her mother Sharon were “intensely close.”
“She and her mom lived together for years. Everyone thought it was a bit odd, but her mom was her soulmate, her guardian, her best friend. They loved each other so much, despite their differences sometimes. Her mom was her angel.”
“We’re extremely close, extraordinarily close,” Murphy told People magazine about her mom Sharon, who survived breast cancer. “To say ‘best friends’ would be to diminish our relationship.”
But Brittany’s own mother felt the pressure for her daughter to look like a star. “She was obsessed with her looking slim,” says the source. “She’d say, ‘I don’t like that wardrobe on her.’ “
In 2007 Murphy married British screenwriter Simon Monjack in a small Jewish ceremony at their Los Angeles home after dating only four months.
Tabloids reported Monjack was a “shady” businessman with enormous debts and that he and Murphy had married quickly to help him avoid deportation because of his expired visa. But both Monjack and Murphy denied the claims saying the reports were, “preposterous lies. Everything was just so fabricated and hurtful.”
But Simon Monjack and Brittany seemed very happy together. And at an event in December, Murphy spoke of wanting her first child this year.
But friends weren’t quite so sure about Monjack. “Not many around her were fans of [Monjack],” says a source. “She wanted to find someone to share her heart with so badly. They thought it was all a bit forced, but you couldn’t help but see her joy and devotion. She really wanted it to work.”
Sources report that Brittany seemed “off” while on the set working.
“She was unfocused and never knew her lines,” says a source. “She wouldn’t do the same take, the same way, twice … There were accusations of drug use. She and her mom said they weren’t true. Brittany said ‘Everyone was saying I’m doing drugs and I’m not.’ “
An insider on the set of her indie thriller “Something Wicked” said Murphy “was barely there … She’d go in and out of consciousness in the middle of takes.”
Brittany was replaced by other actresses for two roles recently which included Disney’s animated Tinkerbell film and the thriller “The Caller”.
Friends and family are struggling with Brittany’s sudden death.
“She had big dreams,” says one source. But “she always wanted to be something she wasn’t.
The Los Angeles Police Department has completed their investigation in Murphy’s death and have found no foul play in the actress’ death.
They are not waiting for the autopsy results from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
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