Before-and-After Photos of Hollywood’s Most Shocking Incidents of Celebrity Weight Gain

Celebrities are not immune to weight gain. Whether it’s stress, aging, or gaining for a film, Hollywood has its share of stars who have let themselves go for one reason or another. Here are the celebs we’ve seen gain — and sometimes shed — serious pounds through the years.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson weight gain collage.

Left: Kelly Clarkson during her thinnest (and unhappiest) days. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Right: Kelly Clarkson after ditching her diet and image obsession. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Attitude Magazine recently quoted the Season 1 American Idol winner as saying, “When I was really skinny and unhappy, I wanted to kill myself.” Clarkson since refuted that quote, saying she was never suicidal about her weight. Though she has gained a few pounds since her 2002 debut, Clarkson says she is proud of who she is, recently telling Billboard that “happy looks different on everyone.”

Next: This pop-star-turned-designer’s baby weight improved her clothing line for the better

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson weight gain transformation.

Left: Jessica Simpson early in her career. | YouTube, Right: Jessica Simpson performing in her infamous mom jeans. | YouTube

Simpson gained an estimated 40-60 pounds during her pregnancy with daughter Maxwell Drew. Now, she’s expanded her clothing line to make sure it fits women of all sizes. It wasn’t easy for Simpson to shed the baby weight, and now she’s more confident than ever in her healthy look — a far cry from the 98 pounds she weighed when filming The Dukes of Hazard in 2005.

Next: This actor swears he’ll never gain weight for a movie again

Jared Leto

Left: Jared Leto looking trim and fit as usual. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images, Right: Jared Leto in his role in Chapter 27, for which he gained 67 pounds. | Peace Arch Entertainment

Leto gained an unimaginable 67 pounds for his role in Biopic, and the actor said he would never do it again. “Really, it’s a stupid thing to do,” he told The Guardian in 2014. Leto said his cholesterol went up so quickly, his doctors considered putting him on intense medications.

Next: This celebrity and politician let his notorious muscular physique go.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Collage of Arnold Schwarzenegger weight gain.

Left: Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing a gray suit at a movie premiere in 2006.  | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Right: Schwarzenegger looking a bit heavier in 2017. | Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Primarily known for his role in the Terminator films, Schwarzenegger also made headlines when he became California’s 38th governor. Since his professional bodybuilding days, Schwarzenegger has let his perfect physique slip away — possibly because he’s now 70.

Next: This TV mogul’s weight loss journey goes back 30 years

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah weight gain collage.

Left: Oprah showing off a hot body she earned through hard work and dieting. | Stephen J. Boitano/Getty Images, Right: Oprah during one of her heavier years. | George De Sota/Getty Images

We’ve seen Winfrey on television since what feels like the beginning of time — her talk show first premiered in 1986. We’ve also seen her weight triumph and struggle through the years. Winfrey even weighed up to 200 pounds at one point. Now, this influential woman embraces her body and has become a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers, where she repeatedly enforces how she will never give up bread. Neither will we.

Next: This actor famously gained 60 pounds for a movie role

Robert De Niro

Left: Robert De Niro making an appearance at a movie premiere. | Lucy Nicholson/Getty Images, Right: De Niro in his role in Raging Bull. | YouTube

Perhaps the most famous film weight gain of all time came from De Niro’s role in Raging Bull, where he gained a whopping 60 pounds to play aging boxer Jake LaMotta. Rumor has it that De Niro was sent to Italy to indulge in as much pasta as possible in order to pack on the pounds.

Next: Sources say it was family drama that caused this star’s weight gain

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin weight gain collage.

Left: Alec Baldwin looking trim and fit in 2017. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images, Right: A look back at Baldwin’s heaviest year. | Stephen J. Boitano/Getty Images

Some think Baldwin’s 2015 weight gain stemmed from drama with his daughter, Ireland, who entered rehab for emotional trauma the same year. Baldwin, famous for films like The Hunt for Red October and The Departed, seems to have dropped some of that weight and looks much slimmer in his well-liked role as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

Next: This 1970s movie star recently battled with the ups and downs of weight loss

John Travolta

Left: John Travolta looking strong and healthy at the Golden Globes in 2017. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Right: Travolta carrying some stress weight in 2002. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Travolta struggled greatly with his weight in the early 2000s. The Saturday Night Fever star let his weight get out of control about 10 years ago, but managed to shed all those pounds a few years later to get back down to a slim and comfortable weight. He still looked healthy and happy at the 74th Golden Globe Awards back in January.

Next: Her recent baby weight sparked a 70-pound weight loss

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson weight loss and gain collage.

Left: Janet Jackson in 2017. | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images, Right: Janet Jackson performing on stage while carrying a little extra weight. | Brad Barket/Getty Images

Janet Jackson has seen highs and lows in her unsteady weight, but her recent pregnancy saw her put on quite a few pounds (who can blame her?). She even posted a video where her brother can be heard commenting on her weight in the background. Janet has shed a total of 70 pounds since son Eissa’s birth in January. She made her toned and tiny debut at her sold out concert at the Hollywood Bowl in October.

Next: This superstar recently underwent weight loss surgery to get back on track

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey weight gain collage.

Left: Mariah Carey enticing her fans with her famous sleek figure. | Toru Yamanaka/Getty Images, Right Mariah Carey and her fuller figure. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The “Queen of Christmas” fell into the spotlight for another reason when recent photos from a show in Las Vegas surfaced, prompting a lot of body shamers to call her out on her weight gain. This week, it came out that the star underwent weight loss surgery a few weeks ago to get her weight back on track.

Next: This actor relied on the McDonald’s value menu to gain weight for a role

Matt Damon

Matt Damon's weight gain collage.

Left: Matt Damon in his usual athletic shape. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Right: Matt Damon in 2009 when he packed on the pounds for his role. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

In another case of weight gain for a movie role, Damon had to gain 30 pounds for his role in the 2009 film The Informant!. He credited McDonald’s, Doritos and dark beer for helping him quickly pack on the pounds.

Next: This supermodel lashed out at the tabloids for body shaming her

Tyra Banks

Collage of Tyra Banks weight gain.

Left: The ex-model posing on a red carpet. | Michael Buckner/Getty Images, Right: Tyra Banks embracing her curves the way they are. | Gabriel Bouys

The infamous incident occurred in 2007 — Tyra Banks told everyone to “kiss my fat a**” on the set of her talk show after unflattering photos of her on the beach surfaced. The former America’s Next Top Model host is no longer a size 2, but she never let the criticism from her weight gain stop her. She looked flawless holding her new baby in January 2016.

 

Next: This actress’ weight spiraled when she cut ties with Jenny Craig

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley weight gain collage.

Left: Kirstie Alley sporting a slim figure in 2001. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Right: Kirstie Alley hiding her weight gain behind a frumpy coat. | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Kirstie Alley, like Oprah Winfrey, has battled with weight gain and loss frequently over the years. After parting ways with Jenny Craig in 2007, which helped her lose about 75 pounds, Alley told People she once again gained a staggering 83 pounds. She worked hard to shed about 50 pounds, and told People in a January interview that avoiding “trigger foods” helps her keep the weight off.

Next: This star has trouble “keeping up” with his weight loss

Rob Kardashian

Rob Kardashian's weight gain.

Left: Rob Kardashian looking youthful and healthy. | YouTube, Right: Rob Kardashian after letting himself go. | Greg Doherty/Getty Images

Love the Kardashians or hate them, we’ve all heard about Rob’s intense weight gain over the years. The youngest of the Kardashians, Rob has dealt with depression through the years and most recently heartbreak after his split from Blac Chyna. His weight has only worsened. He briefly lost about 50 pounds when the two started dating, but he gained the weight back after their split. Sources told TMZ in October that Kardashian is determined to shed the weight and get his life back.

Next: This former Playboy model’s weight kept her in the spotlight for years

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith looking slim and heavy in a collage.

Left: Anna Nicole Smith showing off her infamous slim figure and curves. | Carlo Allegri/Getty Images, Right: Smith during one of her heaviest days. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Although we lost this former Playboy model 10 years ago, Smith’s weight was always looked at as one of the most extreme cases of weight gain and weight loss in Hollywood. Smith’s weight reportedly fluctuated from 140 pounds to 224 pounds between 1992 and 1996, then again from 138 pounds to 200 pounds from 1997 to 2002. Smith lost about 80 pounds once again, before she died of a drug overdose in 2007.

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