Actress Gabourey Sidibe had weight loss surgery last year, and has opened up about it in a new interview.

Speaking to People magazine, the Empire actress opened up on why she had the surgery.

She and her brother, Ahmed, were both diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and this was one of the things that pushed her to have a laproscopic bariatric surgery.

Gabourey Sidibe

“I just didn’t want to worry,” Sidibe, 33, told the magazine. “I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes.”

She detailed the process in her upcoming memoir, This Is My Face: Try Not To Stare, which is out in May.

“My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half. This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change,” she writes in it.

“The surgery wasn’t the easy way out,” she says. “I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”

“It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful,” she writes in her book. “I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe
Credit: Eric Ogden
Hair & Makeup” Audrey Bryant
Stylist: Marcy Guevara-Prete
Stylist (Chicago): Traci Fine
Clothing credits
Ring & Necklace: Nashelle
Jumpsuit: Blair Boutique, Chicago
Earrings: Jose and Maria Barrera (Neiman Marcus)
Skirt: City Chic via Gwynnie Bee

“I have a goal right now, and I’m almost there,” she says. “And then once I’ve got it, I’ll set another. But my starting weight and my goal weight, they’re personal. If too many people are involved, I’ll shut down.”

“I know I’m beautiful in my current face and my current body. What I don’t know about is the next body,” she writes her in This Is Just My Face. “I admit it, I hope to God I don’t get skinny. If I could lose enough to just be a little chubby, I’ll be over the moon! Will I still be beautiful then? S—. Probably. My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. It never will.”

“There’s nothing ugly about me. Anyone trying to convince me that I am — and it’s usually me — is wasting her time,” she says. “I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now.”