Lucy Hale reflects on eating disorder battle and decade-long sobriety journey

Lucy Hale is sharing her personal battles for the first time. The Pretty Little Liars alum – who recently celebrated one year of sobriety – got candid about her struggles over the years, including an eating disorder that began when she was a teen and had to log exercise hours for physical education while being homeschooled. "That's the only thing I could think of that started this obsession with movement," Hale said during an episode of the Diary of a CEO with Steven Barlett podcast. Noting that she was surprised she was able to build her career amid a tough time in her personal life. "It's a miracle that I even started working and could focus on acting," she continued. Hale explained the other coping strategies, which included drinking alcohol, developed from feeling like she was "not deserving of self-worth or her career." "For the coping mechanisms I discovered work for me was incredibly self-destructive," she continued. "I have a little over a year of sobriety…I've been working on getting sober since a long time. It took patience with myself."