Healthy Celebs With A Smoking Secret

 

Ask any glamorous, slim celebrity how she keeps so trim and her answers will be predictable: a healthy diet, lots of water and plenty of sleep.

When it comes to exercise, they are demons. Addicted to hot yoga and spinning, they sport six packs that give any man a run for his money. What few admit to is the other slimming aid they depend on: the cigarette.

A vast number of celebrities who’ve built up images and empires on being fit, healthy and wholesome have secretly indulged in the unhealthiest habit of them all.

Smoking to kill the appetite is not new — Hollywood starlets in years gone by were told to smoke so they wouldn’t gain weight.

Worryingly, it’s not just famous women doing it — figures from the Office For National Statistics last month showed the number of young women smoking has risen for the first time in a decade, with 22 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds and 21 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds taking up the habit.

Little wonder, when they see svelte-figured idols sparking up.

KATE HUDSON

Actress Kate Hudson, 36, recently finished a tour of Europe and the U.S. to promote her book: Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways To Love Your Body.

But there’s no chapter on smoking, a habit mum-of-two Kate has had off and on for years. Back in 2009 she claimed to have quit, but has been spotted with a cigarette many times since.

Actress Kate Hudson, 36, recently finished a tour of Europe and the U.S. to promote her book: Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways To Love Your Body

But there’s no chapter on smoking, a habit mum-of-two Kate has had off and on for years

Actress Kate Hudson, 36, recently finished a tour of Europe and the U.S. to promote her book: Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways To Love Your Body. But there’s no chapter on smoking, a habit she has had off and on for years

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY

The Devon-born model has designed a hugely successful range of activewear for M&S. She has three personal trainers (two in the U.S., one in the U.K.), follows a strict regime of organic salads and smoothies, and claims her lithe figure is thanks to water. And the odd cigarette?

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as three personal trainers (two in the U.S., one here), follows a strict regime of organic salads and smoothies, and claims her lithe figure is thanks to water

And the odd cigarette?

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley  as three personal trainers (two in the U.S., one here), follows a strict regime of organic salads and smoothies, and claims her lithe figure is thanks to water. And the odd cigarette?

GWYNETH PALTROW

Gwyneth’s lifestyle blog extols the virtues of healthy living, as do her cookbooks. Devoted to her diet, she famously said she’d rather ‘smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin’. But Paltrow admits to her bad habit: ‘My one light American Spirit that I smoke once a week, on Saturday night.’

Gwyneth’s lifestyle blog extols the virtues of healthy living, as do her cookbooks

But Paltrow admits to her bad habit: ‘My one light American Spirit that I smoke once a week, on Saturday night.’

Gwyneth’s lifestyle blog extols the virtues of healthy living, as do her cookbooks. But Paltrow admits to her bad habit: ‘My one light American Spirit that I smoke once a week, on Saturday night.’

MELANIE BROWN

Spice Girl Mel B, 40, has been pictured smoking many times, but it hasn’t stopped her releasing plenty of fitness DVDs, including a three-disc series in 2008 entitled ‘Totally Fit Mel B’, and a fitness game for PlayStation which features 199 exercises and healthy meal plans — presumably with a cigarette for dessert.

Being pictured smoking hasn’t stopped Mel B releasing plenty of fitness DVDs, including a three-disc series in 2008 entitled ‘Totally Fit Mel B

Spice Girl Mel B, 40, has been pictured smoking many times

Spice Girl Mel B, 40, has been pictured smoking many times, but it hasn’t stopped her releasing plenty of fitness DVDs, including a three-disc series in 2008 entitled ‘Totally Fit Mel B’

ELLIE GOULDING

Singer Ellie, 29, last year teamed up with Nike to promote their sportswear and launch a series of online exercise tutorials. One look at Ellie’s sculpted arms and washboard abs tells you that this is a woman who has worked on her muscles. Smoking is unlikely to do much to boost her three-octave soprano voice, though.

Singer Ellie, 29, last year teamed up with Nike to promote their sportswear (pictured) and launch a series of online exercise tutorials

Smoking is unlikely to do much to boost her three-octave soprano voice, though

Singer Ellie, 29, last year teamed up with Nike to promote their sportswear and launch a series of online exercise tutorials. Smoking is unlikely to do much to boost her three-octave soprano voice, though.

ABBEY CLANCY

Sports label Reebok recently unveiled model and former Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey, 30, as their new poster girl. For an interview at the launch, she said: ‘I’m really mindful of what I eat and really conscious of training enough.’ It’s a far cry from pictures of Abbey puffing away on a street in Mayfair.

Sports label Reebok recently unveiled model and former Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey Clancy, 30, as their new poster girl

It’s a far cry from pictures of Abbey puffing away on a street in Mayfair

Sports label Reebok recently unveiled model and former Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey Clancy, 30, as their new poster girl . It’s a far cry from pictures of Abbey puffing away on a street in Mayfair.

MELANIE SYKES

Melanie, 45, a one-time ‘fitness ambassador’ for sportwear label Ellesse and supporter of a BUPA-backed exercise app, also admits to being a smoker. Only last month she was photographed puffing on a ciggie after one of the HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions she favours.

Melanie Sykes, 45, is a one-time ‘fitness ambassador’ for sportwear label Ellesse and supporter of a BUPA-backed exercise app

But she also admits to being a smoker

Melanie Sykes, 45, a one-time ‘fitness ambassador’ for sportwear label Ellesse and supporter of a BUPA-backed exercise app, also admits to being a smoker

KYM MARSH 

Coronation Street actress Kym is currently promoting her Power Sculpt DVD. These days she’s rarely seen out of a crop top and recently challenged Piers Morgan to a ‘plank off’ on Good Morning Britain. Back in 2001 Kym claimed to have quit her 20-a-day habit, yet in May 2014 she was heavily criticised by anti-smoking campaigners ASH for lighting up outside a nightclub with her teenage daughter.

Coronation Street actress Kym is currently promoting her Power Sculpt DVD (pictured)

Back in 2001 Kym claimed to have quit her 20-a-day habit, yet she is pictured right having a cigarette outside a bar in Manchester

Coronation Street actress Kym is currently promoting her Power Sculpt DVD . Back in 2001 Kym claimed to have quit her 20-a-day habit, yet she is pictured right having a cigarette outside a bar in Manchester

KATE BECKINSALE

The Hollywood actress, 42, practises qigong — a discipline involving breathing and moving that’s similar to tai chi. Kate — daughter of Porridge star Richard, who died of a heart attack aged 31 — is also such a devotee of yoga that she gave a class live on U.S. television. Oddly enough, there was no mention of the effect that smoking can have on your breathing.

Kate Beckinsale, 42, practises qigong — a discipline involving breathing and moving that’s similar to tai chi. The Hollywood actress is also such a devotee of yoga that she gave a class live on U.S. television

Kate Beckinsale, 42, practises qigong — a discipline involving breathing and moving that’s similar to tai chi. The Hollywood actress is also such a devotee of yoga that she gave a class live on U.S. television

Oddly enough, there was no mention in the TV class of the effect that smoking can have on your breathing

Oddly enough, there was no mention in the TV class of the effect that smoking can have on your breathing

KATHERINE HEIGL

The 37-year-old actress has never denied that she enjoys the finer things in life when it comes to food, once telling Cosmopolitan: ‘You know what’s important? Living well and not being consumed with eating boring salads that you hate.

‘Eat Brie, and have a glass of red wine!’ But while she definitely hits the gym, too, burning off those extra cheese-and-booze calories is likely a bit easier thanks to her smoking habit, which she’s tried — unsuccessfully, it seems —  to kick in the past.

Katherine Heigl, 37, is often snapped by paparazzi hitting the gym

She's also been caught smoking cigarettes (pictured, in 2015), though she's said she tried to quit

Katherine Heigl, 37, is often snapped by paparazzi hitting the gym  — and smoking cigarettes , though she’s said she tried to quit

KATIE HOLMES

Though Katie Holmes has been known to hit the gym before picking up Suri from school, the 37-year-old mum has actually earned more of a reputation for her sometimes scary-skinny physique than a toned yoga body.

And that slim look is clearly important to her — in 2012, she told InStyle that when women spend a lot of money and clothes, they want those garments to make then look ‘skinny and hot’. One thing that’s not so hot, though? The cigarettes she’s been caught puffing by the paps.

Katie Holmes, 37, might keep fit, but she also puffs on cigarettes from time to time

Katie Holmes, 37, might keep fit, but she also puffs on cigarettes from time to time

Katie Holmes, 37, might keep fit, but she also puffs on cigarettes from time to time


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