Why Shawn Johnson Says She Feels “Sad” Looking Back on Olympics Win

“I was probably the least healthy I had ever been, I was abusing Adderall at the time, because it was gonna help me lose weight,” recounted The Challenge alum, who has previously opened up about her history with pill “overdosing” and a strict 700 calorie diet. 

She decided to retire before the Olympic trials, which she said came with its own problems when sponsors fell through. “I lost all my money, everything… It was just a very, very hard time,” she went on.

Fortunately, she had a “turning point” at the London Olympics, saying, “I was so happy and so free, to be not a part of that world anymore. And that’s where I met my husband, and he completely changed my life.”

She married football pro Andrew East in 2016 and gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Drew, in November 2019. The couple’s baby boy is due at the start of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23.

As Shawn told fans last year, “Having gotten clean from the medications and the prescriptions and just the obsessiveness, I wouldn’t change anything for the world. I love that I went through it. It was very hard and I don’t wish it on anyone, but I’ve had these tough experiences that make me a stronger mom that will allow me to teach Drew how to be strong as well.”