The Empire star elected to have weight-loss surgery last year and has absolutely no regrets about doing it. Sidibe opens up about the big decision in her upcoming memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, and to People.
"I just didn't want to worry," Sidibe, 33, tells the magazine of her decision to get laproscopic bariatric surgery after she and her older brother Ahmed, 34, were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. "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."
"I'll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change."
She also doesn't see her choice as an "easy way out."
"I wasn't cheating by getting it done," she says. "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. "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."
That being said, she does not want to lose too much weight. "I admit it, I hope to God I don't get skinny," she writes in This Is Just My Face. "If I could lose enough to just be a little chubby, I'll be over the moon! Will I still be beautiful then? S--t. Probably. My beauty doesn't come from a mirror. It never will."