Actress Brittany Snow has thanked her pal Sophia Bush for helping her recover from a nine-year battle with anorexia.

The Prom Night star insists she wouldn't have overcome the illness in 2005 without the support of Bush, who, at the time, had split from her husband - One Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray.

She says, "Sophia gives really, really good advice. I was going through a difficult time, and she was going through a difficult time figuring out the whole Chad thing."

"We had so many slumber parties where she held my hand (as we worked) through a lot of different things. When somebody can be there through something like that, they're a friend forever."

And the star admits she only made the decision to reveal details of her eating disorder when two of her friends died from a similar illness.

She adds, "I was devastated. I have so many girlfriends who are not even in Hollywood who struggle with eating disorders - Sophia and Amanda (Bynes) are the only two people I know who are happy with their bodies. Thank God I went through all of that so early, in middle and high school, to realise it's not about being popular or cool - it's about being who you are." (JC/WNWCUW/MT)

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