During her interview with Diane Sawyer, Nicole Richie admitted she’s trying to eat healthier now that she’s four months pregnant with her first child. Nicole said she is no longer a “out-control party girl,” but instead a woman striving to be a “very healthy and respectable” mother.
“Do I eat is kind of an understatement,” said Richie. “I eat all the time, especially now. I’m constantly hungry. I’m eating at least every hour.”
Richie, 25, said, “Just like any mother, you know, you want to take the best care of yourself, especially while you’re pregnant. And I’m definitely eating healthier now, and I’m really playing by the rules.”
By that, Richie said, “I do not drink caffeine at all, cut out sushi,” and, in response to uestions from Sawyer, who had also mentioned Richie’s cocaine and heroin use, “No alcohol … No marijuana … No pills … Nothing … No smoking around me.”
Richie also said, “I’m totally okay” with gaining 40 or 50 lbs. during her pregnancy if “that is what my body needs to do.”
Earlier in the interview, Sawyer had confronted Richie with photos that displayed the socialite’s skeletal frame, and asked if Richie felt any responsibility for the impression such images might make on little girls in regard to body image.
“I’m really sorry for not accepting that earlier,” Richie replied. “It took me a while.” As for what Richie sees when she looks at those photos, she said, “I see a girl that is obviously going through something and is much too skinny.”
Asked point blank if she has an eating disorder, Richie said, “No, I do not have an eating disorder. I’ve never had an eating disorder. Ever. … It’s anxiety. It’s stress. It’s just not being careful.”
Was it drug-related? “I think it possibly could have been,” said Richie.
The second part of Diane Sawyer’s interview with Nicole airs tonight on “20/20.”