Singer Anastacia, who had a string of hits in the early 2000s, has revealed that she "went crazy for Botox" while she was younger, all while lying about her age.
"I went on a television show and you had to be under 29," she told DailyMail Online. "Sony didn't ever make me do it. I went along with it for years, but I told the truth when I went to another label. I felt so guilty. Journalists would be asking me when I was born and how old my sister was and I would panic. But everyone does it."
She thought lying about her age was an industry norm.
"I thought that was what you were supposed to do. I thought it meant that I had made it," she said. "But I really don't know how people can keep up with the lie."
During this time, Anastacia, now 47, also said she was determined to maintain a youthful appearance, to the point that it became obsessive.
"I went crazy for Botox in my 30s. I would get it done every three months. But right after my divorce, I realized I needed to stop," she said. "Now I love seeing my face move. I did it all too early and it was too much. Now I love a ponytail. When the hair is pulled back, I feel like Young-a-stacia."
Despite her past, she isn't against getting a little work done.
"I don't think I have to do anything now, but I don't think I would be scared of it," she said, touching her forehead, saying, "This area is still looked at by a maintenance program."
But don't blame her parents for Anastacia's obsession with her physical appearance. Her mother, she said, was hell bent on keeping her and her younger sister from growing up too fast.
The "I'm Outta Love" singer, who's been diagnosed with breast cancer twice, wasn't exposed to makeup until very late in womanhood.
"My first experience with foundation was when I was about 30," she exclaims. "I used to sleep in my make-up because I was so freaked out by what it did to my face. I had a full weave of extensions down my back and then I had an allergy to eyelash glue, which wasn't a good look. I had to go to make-up users anonymous, or something."
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