After the 28-year-old Pretty Little Liars star told Seventeen she had an eating disorder and was dealing with self-harming issues while she was in high school, Troian went on to dish to E! News about why decided to tell the mag the shocking news in the first place.
"I knew that going into an article that was going to be the cover of Seventeen they were going to ask me, 'What was your life like when you were 17?'," she said. "So I had to make the choice of do I just completely lie and say my life was great and totally perfect? And is that really gonna help the men and women out there who watch my show who are 17?"
"Is that gonna help? Or is gonna be better for me to be honest and do something a little bit scarier and try to talk a little bit about that? I kinda made a choice and now I'm going with it."
Troian told Seventeen her self-harming issues started when she was a junior, adding, "I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school...I didn't know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world," she said. "But it really backfired."
The actress admitted that even though she's recovered now, being on the hit ABC Family show can sometimes be a struggle.
"Sometimes I feel like I'm trying too hard, like I don't belong," she continued. "I just look around at Lucy [Hale], Shay [Mitchell], and Ashley [Benson] and I'm just like, 'Why am I on this show?' Sometimes I've felt like a fraud. Like, I'm not like these other girls--I don't dress like that and don't know how to do my hair."
Once her story came to light though, Spencer's co-stars Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson shared their support for her on Twitter, with Ashley tweeting, "Wow babe @SleepintheGardn you inspire me. Your @seventeenmag article is amazing. Not to mention you look amazing on the cover. Congrats."
Lucy later chimed in calling the article "very inspiring, " adding, "Proud of her for speaking up!"
"So proud of my friend/ costar/ older sister @sleepinthegardn 's @seventeenmag cover and inspiring story," Shay posted on Instagram. "You are brave, intelligent and beyond talented. I am so excited to be seeing your face on newsstands everywhere!"
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