Sara Bareilles Opens Up About Body Image Insecurities Before 2023 Tony Awards: ‘I’m Trying to Rewire My Brain’

Sara Bareilles smiled on the red carpet at the 2023 Tony Awards Sunday night, while using a plunging red Georges Chakra gown. But selecting the gown attracted feelings of insecurity for the 42-year-old “Brave” singer.

Prior to attending the annual event, where she was nominated for her leading starlet in a musical function in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Bareilles opened up on her Instagram Story about her brand-new method to considering her body.

Discussing that she remained in the procedure of choosing both her dress for the Tonys and for Monday night’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Waitress, the shot version of the hit Broadway musical she penned and starred in, Bareilles exposed that prepping for high-profile nights out like those usually triggered longstanding body image concerns.

” Traditionally, when I’m getting ready for a big occasion, I go on a genuine bender of body-shaming and hating and attempting to lose weight and get small and hit the gym super difficult because there’s some kind of sense in myself that if I don’t provide a certain way that I’m not permitted to participate,” she stated on Saturday.

Now, Bareilles is working to break that bad habit.

” I am believing a lot about how I’m preparing for these occasions … these 2 occasions suggest a lot to me, undoubtedly,” she shared, describing that she is “actually trying to rewire” her brain to believe differently.” [These are] old stories and I don’t ascribe to them any longer– I indicate, I have to combat truly hard not to ascribe. Like, I can just have the body that I have and go have a f– ing blast.”

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This isn’t the very first time Bareilles has gotten honest about her battles with her self-confidence. She especially felt those feelings as she’s reemerged in the public eye from the COVID-19 pandemic, to start filming her hit funny series Girls5Eva.

” With Girls5eva, I need to remain in front of the video camera again and have to get dressed and get hair done. It raises a lot of stuff for me. I have been somebody who’s battled with body image problems my entire life, and I’ve battled with feelings of being self-conscious as I’ve grown older,” Bareilles told PEOPLE in June 2021.

To get to a much healthier frame of mind, Bareilles not just used tools she found out in years of treatment; she also accepted meditation, which she does “for at least 15 or 20 minutes” every morning.

” With meditation I discover everything about my life improves: my health, my sleep, my habits, my psychological state and my energy. “A dear good friend gave it to me while I was going through an actually bad break up. The book taught me about sitting with what is uneasy and constructing a relationship with the truth that is a part of being alive.”

Because vein, Bareilles is “trying to welcome that my body does not do what it used to.”

” Ultimately, whether one set of jeans fits or not, I can still take pleasure in the world and the people I like. There’s so much to celebrate, so I try to be gentle,” she informed PEOPLE. “I believe we’re made to feel in some methods that when we have low self-esteem days, that that’s unusual or that’s wrong or that’s bad instead of the truth that that’s a truly natural progression. You’re going to have great days and you’re going to have bad days. It’s simply a concern of how long you want to being in the tensions.”

Sunday appeared to be a good day for Bareilles. Though the former Tony host ultimately lost the award to Kimberly Akimbo star Victoria Clark, Bareilles did get a chance to take the stage at the United Palace Theater to carry out “It Takes Two” together with her Into the Woods costar (and fellow nominee) Brian D’Arcy James.

Fiancé Joe Tippett was likewise by her side too, welcoming her while presenting for professional photographers in a blue tuxedo that completely complimented Bareilles’ intricate gown.

The set, who got taken part in January, met while working together on the musical adjustment of Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film Waitress during its out-of-town tryout at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts in August 2015. Tippett played Earl, the moody spouse of the story’s protagonist Jenna (come from by Jessie Mueller).

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Though he didn’t initially transfer with the production when it first moved to Broadway in April 2016, Tippett ultimately entered the role. He also got the possibility to star opposite Bareilles, who played Jenna in a variety of limited runs.

Among those efficiencies was captured by electronic cameras and put together for the Waitress film, which premieres Monday in New York City. The motion picture was produced in the fall of 2021, when Waitress returned to Broadway as part of the efforts to gradually resume the theater market after the COVID-19 shutdown.

Both Bareilles and Tippett are expected to attend the screening together. Other stars who are anticipated at the occasion consist of Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tina Fey, Bart Freundlich, Josh Groban, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, Justin Mikita, Paula Pell, Ben Platt and Rita Wilson.

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