Teen actress and pop icon Mary-Kate Olsen has been released from a health care facility where she underwent six weeks of treatment for an eating disorder widely reported to be anorexia, her spokesman said Monday.
The 18-year-old star, who with twin sister Ashley Olsen built a child-acting career into a billion-dollar fashion and entertainment franchise, is “feeling very well” and will continue treatment privately while preparing for college, her publicist Michael Pagnotta said.
The sisters plan to enroll together at New York University in Manhattan in August.
“The focus right now is on school,” Pagnotta said. “She intends to live her day-to-day life normally. ... She won’t be hiding. She’ll be going out and doing a lot of the things that she’s missed doing over the past few weeks.”
As far as heightened attention from the media, both sisters ”understand that it comes with the territory,” Pagnotta said.
Speculation about Olsen’s rail-thin figure had been the subject of gossip columns for weeks before it was announced last month that she had entered an undisclosed facility for treatment of a long-suspected eating disorder. She was discharged on Friday.
The sisters canceled recent plans to travel abroad to promote their film, “New York Minute.” The DVD release of their movie, which flopped at the U.S. box office, is set for August.
Pagnotta said the Mary-Kate and Ashley retail goods brand remains strong. “Things are going forward there, and all of their retail partners, all of their business associates have really stood by them,” he said. “Not one has been lost in this whole process.”
The twins have been in the public eye since they were 9 months old, first starring in the television sitcom “Full House.” Since then, they have built their wide-eyed, wholesome image into an entertainment and merchandising empire.
Pagnotta said retail sales of Mary-Kate and Ashley clothing, dolls, games, videos and books are projected to top $1 billion this year.