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Carnie Wilson: Why I needed Lap-Band surgery

  • Carnie Wilson tells HLN's A.J. Hammer why she decided to get the Lap-Band surgery 12 years after her gastric bypass
  • Wilson underwent Lap-Band surgery in January 2012

It’s been 12 years since Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips underwent gastric bypass surgery to lose 150 pounds. Now Carnie is opening up to Showbiz Tonight’s A.J. Hammer about her decision to undergo a second weight loss surgery – inserting the Lap-Band – and why she decided to share it with the world.

“I don’t hide anything that I do especially when it’s about the message of getting healthy,” said Wilson. “I needed help and I got it, and the main thing is not just that I had a Lap-Band put on … but it’s about the change of behavior. It's what I'm doing everyday, it's what I'm putting in my mouth. I'm changing the way I'm living and I'm hoping that that's for good.”

Carnie broke the news to her bandmates -- Chynna Phillips and Wendy Wilson (also Carnie’s sister) -- about her surgery on their new TV Guide Network reality show “Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On.” The reality show showed Chynna and Wendy’s shocked reaction to the news, and they tell A.J. Hammer how scared they were when they heard.

Phillips said, “It just took us by surprise because we were planning on doing a show in New Orleans, and we had all of these plans and then all of a sudden Carnie’s getting surgery, so it freaked me out a little bit.”

Wendy added, “It was scary, I mean we felt like we were walking on eggshells.”

After the initial surprise set in, the bandmates supported Carnie and her decision. "My health came first, and I’m so happy they supported me," Wilson said.

Carnie also joked that being in the band is also what made her want the surgery. “I mean try standing next to these two! I’ll try my whole life and I’ll never be as thin or as tall as them and that’s the way it is, but I’m proud of who I am.”

Check out Showbiz Tonight for more of A.J. Hammer’s sit-down with Wilson Phillips on their new album, new reality show and Carnie’s surgery.


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