Bam Margera became one of the world’s biggest skaters, a much-loved star of Jackass, and the front man of a rock band in the space of just a decade. He was living every teenager’s dream and had the wild lifestyle to match (you can see his wildest moments here), but behind the scenes Bam was edging away from skating and closer into darkness.
The 2011 death of his best friend Ryan Dunn was very much in the public eye, but his earlier struggles with both alcohol and an eating disorder remained little-known until earlier this year when Bam announced his return to skating.
Now, in a new interview with MUNCHIES following his appearance on VICELAND’s Epicly Later’d, Bam has revealed more about his struggles with booze and bulimia and how he eventually overcame them. Check out a selection of quotes from the interview below.
On his drinking habits:
At its worst, I would probably just wake up around 11 AM and instantly start drinking vodka and purple Gatorade; by the end of the night, I would probably have ten pints worth of it. It was pretty bad. It was weird, because there would be times where I would go on a three-day bender of drinking and then five days of not drinking. When that five days ended, I would go on a two-day bender.
On his old diet:
[I had] pretty much the worst diet ever. It would be calories straight from booze all day and then, by the end of the night, when I was borderline blacked out, I would open my fridge and just stuff my face. One time, I ate a frozen pizza. I was so hungry I didn’t even wait to cook it, I just ate it frozen. I woke up the next morning just regretting the shit out of it, because for all those calories from pizza and cheese it [should] taste good, obviously. It was just a frozen block with no flavor.
On his moment of realization:
Yeah. Here’s something that I really don’t like talking about, but I’m going to anyway. I did not pay attention to my weight during this period. I didn’t step on a scale for, like, a year, and one day I did and I weighed 230 pounds. I thought it was broken. That’s when I decided to go to Estonia and just bike and hike and whatever. I didn’t even want to try and skate because being that heavy, even if I did do a cool trick, at 230 pounds, I was just going to look like a sweaty meatball doing a neat trick.
Head over to MUNCHIES to find out what Bam thinks about his newfound sobriety, party regrets and more.
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