The Simple Life star Nicole Richie has blasted rumours she is suffering an eating disorder, claiming she is naturally skinny and her shortness makes her look even thinner.
Many US tabloids have questioned the 24-year-old's health since she was photographed looking frail and gaunt. But the adopted daughter of crooner Lionel Richie says there's nothing wrong and she is sick of being stopped in the street by well-wishers.
She says: "I wouldn't want anyone to think that I think that it's OK to have an eating disorder. Obviously it's not.
"I'm a little sick of it. I think when you see me in person, you see that I'm, like, five foot one - I'm a small person.
"When I was heavier, everyone said I was too heavy. You can't win in the public eye and I find it really hard. So I ignore it now, I really do.
"The only time it bothered me was when I was in a store trying on shoes and these girls came up to me - they were probably like 13 or 14 - and their mother came over, and she was like: 'Are you taking care of yourself, because my girls think that you're not.' That was upsetting.
"I was never a size 12. I'm so little that I could put on 10 or 15 pounds and it just looks like a lot."