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Leah Remini talks about baby weight backlash

05/07/2007 at 08:53 PM ET

Calling her choice to conceive daughter Sofia Bella, 3-years-old next month, the "biggest life-altering decision" she’s ever made, actress Leah Remini reflected recently on the highs and lows of Hollywood, the cancellation of her hit television show The King of Queens and how having a baby really does change everything.

It just changes your whole life.  It just changes everything about you.  It changes the way you think about things, the person you thought you were.

Leah expressed disappointment and frustration with the way her 80-pound pregnancy weight gain was received by the public and the press, noting that "no one wanted to talk about how I actually did lose the weight, just that I got fat."  The actress eventually shed the pounds with help from the ‘1st Personal Diet,’ which relies on the metabolic rate of blood in fashioning a weight loss regimen unique to each dieter.  Regardless, Leah called the preoccupation with the post-baby bodies of celebrities "silly."

When you have a baby and you are not blessed with a metabolism [such] that you can get back into your jeans the very next day, it becomes something to focus on.  I don’t even blame the papers.  They are making money from it.  But the people who are buying it? … I just went on [the] Tyra [Banks Show].  She has a great campaign called ‘So What?’  I think its fabulous.  It’s about sending that message — yeah, I’m fat, or yeah, I’m chubby, or yeah, I have stretch marks:  So what!  I love that message.

A devoted Scientologist and personal friend of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Leah was equally discouraged by speculation that Suri Cruise, 1, did not exist.

I think people are just sick.  They had nothing better to do.  That really baffled me.  That was the weirdest thing.  The press seemed so nuts.

Leah, 37, is married to Angelo Pagan.  The final episode of King of Queens will air May 14.

Source:  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

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PSB on

Totally agree with her about the baby fat thing. Celebs (especially ones who have had babies) are so picked apart over the littlest things and it’s so unfair. They’re human beings and sometimes they get stretch marks too.

However, her comments about Katie Holmes are ridiculous! the Cruises orchestrated that whole circus themselves to maximize press for MI-3. They withheld photos and hid that poor baby from the outdoors to heighten interest and then complained about it when it backfired. Absurd.

Aura on

Pretty much agree with you PSB. The Cruises basically built the whole thing up – Their love, their engagment, then their baby and then their wedding. What do they expect if they do that?

Having said that, I quite like Leah, and think she was good on King of Queens.

mary on

I love leah remini and kevin james and I still watch “king of Queens”. Shouldn’t have cancelled that show. As far as Leah gaining weight, she is still very beautiful and one of the best actresses on tv! Besides, she lost the weight, America, so enough, already!

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