If you haven't been tuning in to watch the madcap celebreality adventures of Salt-N-Pepa, you missed Cheryl "Salt" Wray's tearful confession about why she quit the group back in 2002—a decision that left Pepa mighty confused and pissed off. It turns out that Salt was suffering from bulimia. Pepa didn't know it at the time, but according to this recent Essence interview, there were some signs:
Salt: One time we were in Europe and Pepa came into my bathroom and asked, ‘Why is your toilet seat up?’ You remember that?
Pepa: Yeah, I was like: ‘Do you have a man in here?’ Wow.
Salt goes on to say that her eating disorder was the result of a combination of stresses, including a turbulent home life growing up and the pressures of being in a looks-obsessed business. "I never thought I was pretty because I went through a chubby stage as a teenager—and kids are mean—so I had to fight girls all the time. Bulimia is an addiction like any other addiction. I know a lot of people don’t understand it, but it’s the thing that caught me by the throat."
Salt is healthy today and thankfully it's all peace, love, and understanding between the first ladies of hip hop, despite the glaring differences in their lifestyles. The moral of this story? If you see a friend's toilet seat up when it shouldn't be, think twice. Then find out how you can help. [Essence]