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Post-'Idol,' Lauren Alaina is healthier, happier and honest

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/1/2017 BY KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press
In this May 24, 2017, photo, singer Lauren Alaina poses in Nashville, Tenn. After breaking out as a teenager on “American Idol,” country singer Lauren Alaina endured years of personal and professional struggles including an eating disorder that threatened her voice. Six years later, the 22-year-old Georgia native is healthy and happy and celebrating her first No. 1 country song. “Road Less Traveled.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) © The Associated Press In this May 24, 2017, photo, singer Lauren Alaina poses in Nashville, Tenn. After breaking out as a teenager on “American Idol,” country singer Lauren Alaina endured years of personal and professional struggles including an eating disorder that threatened her voice. Six years later, the 22-year-old Georgia native is healthy and happy and celebrating her first No. 1 country song. “Road Less Traveled.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Lauren Alaina, once a finalist as a teenager on "American Idol," spent years struggling with body image issues and an eating disorder that threatened her voice. Now 22, Alaina is healthy, happy and finally celebrating her first No. 1 country song after using her hardships as inspiration for "Road Less Traveled."

In this May 24, 2017, photo, singer Lauren Alaina poses in Nashville, Tenn. After breaking out as a teenager on “American Idol,” country singer Lauren Alaina endured years of personal and professional struggles including an eating disorder that threatened her voice. Six years later, the 22-year-old Georgia native is healthy and happy and celebrating her first No. 1 country song. “Road Less Traveled.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) © The Associated Press In this May 24, 2017, photo, singer Lauren Alaina poses in Nashville, Tenn. After breaking out as a teenager on “American Idol,” country singer Lauren Alaina endured years of personal and professional struggles including an eating disorder that threatened her voice. Six years later, the 22-year-old Georgia native is healthy and happy and celebrating her first No. 1 country song. “Road Less Traveled.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The bubbly singer from Georgia said she spent the first couple of years of her career hiding from her herself and trying to "be this perfect girl." On her second full-length album, Alaina opens up about her health, her parents' divorce and her father's alcoholism in an honest, but uplifting collection of songs.

In this May 24, 2017, photo, singer Lauren Alaina poses in Nashville, Tenn. After breaking out as a teenager on “American Idol,” country singer Lauren Alaina endured years of personal and professional struggles including an eating disorder that threatened her voice. Six years later, the 22-year-old Georgia native is healthy and happy and celebrating her first No. 1 country song. “Road Less Traveled.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) © The Associated Press In this May 24, 2017, photo, singer Lauren Alaina poses in Nashville, Tenn. After breaking out as a teenager on “American Idol,” country singer Lauren Alaina endured years of personal and professional struggles including an eating disorder that threatened her voice. Six years later, the 22-year-old Georgia native is healthy and happy and celebrating her first No. 1 country song. “Road Less Traveled.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

"Road Less Traveled," co-written with Meghan Trainor, peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's country airplay chart.

In this May 24, 2017, photo, singer Lauren Alaina poses in Nashville, Tenn. After breaking out as a teenager on “American Idol,” country singer Lauren Alaina endured years of personal and professional struggles including an eating disorder that threatened her voice. Six years later, the 22-year-old Georgia native is healthy and happy and celebrating her first No. 1 country song. “Road Less Traveled.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) © The Associated Press In this May 24, 2017, photo, singer Lauren Alaina poses in Nashville, Tenn. After breaking out as a teenager on “American Idol,” country singer Lauren Alaina endured years of personal and professional struggles including an eating disorder that threatened her voice. Six years later, the 22-year-old Georgia native is healthy and happy and celebrating her first No. 1 country song. “Road Less Traveled.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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