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Who is Julie Bowen's ex-husband? 'Modern Family' star gets candid about struggling with eating disorder

While talking about her eating disorder, Julie Bowen revealed that it was a 'coping mechanism' during her teenage days
Julie Bowen talks about her eating disorder (Rich Polk/Getty Images)
Julie Bowen talks about her eating disorder (Rich Polk/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Julie Bowen talked candidly about her eating disorder in a recent appearance on 'The Tamron Hall Show'. She revealed that she developed an eating disorder as a part of her "coping mechanism" during her teenage years. 

Bowen revealed in her interview how she would always get worried about making mistakes and being unable to "contain" herself with her feelings which led her to stop eating when she was younger. She also revealed she began to starve herself to "save time."


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Bowen said, “You know, it's funny because I have three sons, and they're all so different. But I see one of them is very similar to me, and I see him always trying to colour inside the lines and get the A+.” “And I think (as a teen) I interpreted being messy or making mistakes or like fat coming out of the top of your jeans as a symbol that you couldn't contain yourself. That you were too much, and that to be good meant staying inside the lines, literally and figuratively. Keeping it tight.” She further added, “And that's my attitude: tight. And by the way, that is not fun. It's not a fun way to live.” 

Bowen talked about puberty and how she struggled with it. She said she did not “like that feeling of change." She mentioned that when she was "really starving" she did not have the time to "think about things as much." “We didn't talk about anything, and it just sort of felt like... dirty. And I realised, when you're really starving, you don't have any feelings. It's kind of amazing. The body goes, ‘We don't have time for that’,” the 52-year-old actress said. “So, I think it was a coping mechanism.”

Who is Scott Phillips?

Scott Phillips, Julie Bowen's ex-husband, is a real estate investor and a software developer. The actress has three children, Oliver, 15, and twins John and Gustav, 13, with ex-husband Phillips. Bowen and Phillips got married in September 2004 and filed for divorce in February 2018 which got finalized in September 2018. 

During the finalization of the divorce, Bowen and Phillips split $25 million in assets. Bowen received $13 million and Phillips received $12.3 million in the settlement.