Allegra Versace suffering from anorexia

03/28/2007 at 09:07 AM ET

Allegra_versace180In a statement released yesterday, designer Donatella Versace confirmed that her daughter, Allegra, 20, suffers from anorexia. Donatella and Allegra’s father, Paul Beck, had this statement:

Our daughter, Allegra, has been battling anorexia, a very serious disease, for many years. She is receiving the best medical care possible to help overcome this illness and is responding well. As parents, we are doing our best to protect our daughter. However, due to numerous media reports, we want to let everyone know that we appreciate their concern for Allegra, and we ask that her privacy be respected at this time.

Source: The Insider
Thanks to CBB reader Mary Beth.

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Rebecca l'europeene on

with all the pressure europeans put on one another to be the thinnest and skinniest it is not a shock to me this girl is anorexic. In europe ur either thin or fat, there is no average i hope she gets mentally well soon.

Lola on

I heard Allegra has been anorexic for years. I’m glad Dontella and her husband put her in the hospital. They need to get their daughter well before it’s too late.

pink.lioness on

Sorry Rebecca but I don’t agree that Europeans put more pressure on young people to be skinny than people of other nations. At least not here in the UK. People here aren’t ‘either fat or thin’ either, the vast majority is something in between although more people tend to lean towards being slightly overweight, rather than being underweight. Of course I don’t know, where you are from.

I feel sad for Allegra. The thought, that a 20-year old has been anorexic ‘for many years’ is very scary indeed.

meg on

I was hospitailzed with Allegra for anorexia in 1997. She was only 10 yrs old at the time. She has been battling this disease for along time and I hope one day she can beat it as I did.

Aura on

How awful. I hope she gets better in good time.

-Lauren- on

There was no doubt in my mind that Allegra was anorexic and has been for many years. I hope that she is able to get the help that she needs.

But at the same time, I didn’t know she was anorexic for THAT many years.

ashley on

wonder if her being a ‘versace,’ growing up in the fashion industry, had any influence on her developing the disease?

Diana on

Maybe now people will leave her alone because she has a serious problem. I’m sure it can’t help that people are constantly commenting about her weight.

Sam on

Allegra has been anoreic for many years, yeah. I do hope the doctors will be able to help her: at least she has a loving and supportive family.

As for the reasons of her sickness, it looks like it started around the time her uncle was murdered, which would be no surprise since they were very close. plus, being his heiress, it might have put too much pressure on her fragile shoulders

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