The 22-year-old country singer reveals how she has dealt with a lot in her life, including overcoming an eating disorder and witnessing her father’s battle with alcoholism.
“I really feel like this album is my story. [The songs] are all different things that have happened to me over the past few years. I had a lot of things change in my personal life — everything pretty much changed,” Alaina said. She adds that she wrote over 300 songs for the album, but had to only chose 12.
“My parents got divorced and they both remarried other people. My dad’s an alcoholic and he went through rehab. I had an eating disorder that I overcame. I had vocal cord surgery,” the Georgia native continues. “I live country songs every single day of my life, so thank goodness I decided that was my passion!”
After Alaina was crowned the runner-up on season 10 of American Idol, she began battling an eating disorder. She overcame bulimia in 2012 and gained weight over the years. After noticing her weight gain, she decided to make a change in her life and hired a personal trainer, discovered boxing and switched to a high-protein, high-card diet, according to The Tennessean.
Alaina’s family didn't know about her eating disorder until her doctor confronted her while treating her severe vocal cord polyps, which then forced her to fess up to her mother.
“My dad didn’t know that I had an eating disorder. He had no idea, so that was weird,” she says. “I was in an interview and just said it accidentally. I called my dad because I remember thinking, ‘My dad does not know that,’ and he was surprised. I think he understood though. My dad was an alcoholic and he was overcoming his own struggles, so I think I just didn’t want more on his plate for him to have to worry about.”
She says watching her dad overcome alcoholism has inspired her own journey.