Gabourey Sidibe says she had weight-loss surgery last year after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
In an excerpt from her forthcoming memoir published Wednesday by People magazine, the Oscar-nominated actress says she underwent the bariatric procedure in May.
The 33-year-old "Empire" star says she did not have the surgery to be beautiful but to improve her health and move with more ease.
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Surgery "wasn't the easy way out," she says, adding that she has changed her eating habits and is working with a trainer. And despite her continuing weight loss, Sidibe says her "beauty doesn't come from a mirror."
Sidibe shared a link to the People article from her verified Twitter account.
Her book, "This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare," will be published in May.