Tziporah Malkah has revealed she has a hard time sympathising with her billionaire ex-fiancé James Packer’s health struggles after battling a ‘long depression’ of her own.
The admission comes after the 90s model - formerly known as Kate Fischer - shifted more than 50kg through a regime of diet, exercise and hypnotherapy.
This followed a very public return to the spotlight on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2017, following her and James’ broken engagement almost two decades earlier.
Now, Tziporah has said she feels little sympathy for her former partner, who last year quit many of his corporate interests in order to focus on his mental health.
“No one was that sad for me when I blew out to that, everyone just called me crazy,” she told A Current Affair.
“It was a depression,” she said in reference to her weight gain adding, “I went through quite a long depression and that’s pretty much lifted now.”
“I feel bad for anybody going through a mental health struggle, but at the same time, let’s not pigeon hole and say it’s okay for a man who has a lot of wealth to, but it’s not okay for a woman who used to be (a model) but is having a bit of a hard trot.”
As part of her 2017 comeback, Tziporah’s time in the jungle saw her quickly brought back into Australia’s psyche, in a very different way than before.
Speaking on KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O show after her elimination, she revealed she ate under a sheet to block out fellow contestants.
“I’ve had an eating disorder since I was eight, and I'm 43, that makes 35 years. That’s a lifelong condition. I’m trying to recover from that. I don't really want to be about people that trigger me while I’m trying to eat,” she said at the time.
During her time in the jungle, Tziporah lost a total of 12kg, after entering at a weight of 118kg. She is now believed to weigh about 70kg.
The former model also opened up about battling with eating disorders from a young age while on the Channel Ten program.
“I’ve always had a very strange relationship with my body,” she said on I’m A Celeb.
“It’s like my eyes lie when I look in the mirror. I just felt like all the girls were little and blonde and here’s big tall Tziporah and I just didn’t fit in at all.”
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