“Pretty Little Liars” alum Lindsey Shaw recently opened up about her departure from the popular show. She revealed that she was essentially fired due to her struggles with drugs. Speaking on the “Ned’s Declassified Podcast Survival Guide,” she shared, “When I had my drug problem and I was in between working on stuff, I would never have to address my relationship with food because it was like, I could always just go get more Adderall.” She explained that her weight loss was the main reason behind her dismissal from “Pretty Little Liars” in season five, which was embarrassing for her. She mentioned that she did not look healthy when she became too skinny, and when she started gaining weight again, it became difficult for her to handle being heavier.

Lindsey Shaw portrayed Paige McCullers on the popular teen drama alongside Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, and Troian Bellisario. The actress became emotional as she recalled the moment when the show’s creator, I. Marlene King, let her go from the series. Shaw stated, “It was so bad. I got called into ‘Pretty Little Liars’ creator’s office. And she was just like, ‘So we’re gonna let you go.’ She was like, ‘It’s not because of your acting, but do you have anybody to talk to?’ And I was like, ‘No,’ you know? She’s like, ‘Well, find somebody,’ and ‘We have to let you go now.'” Despite the difficult experience, Shaw acknowledged that the decision was made with care.

The former Nickelodeon star also disclosed that her co-star, Shay Mitchell, noticed her struggles and attempted to support her. “We went to the same nutritionist for a while,” Shaw shared. “She was bringing me protein powder. She was like, ‘Girl.’ Yeah, it was awful.”

Although she was let go from “Pretty Little Liars,” Shaw expressed gratitude towards the show’s writing team for giving her character a comeback in the final season. “They did me so right bringing me back for season seven and letting me say goodbye. I will just never forget that,” she said.

Shaw admitted that she is now in a better place mentally and emotionally but is still dealing with the consequences of her drug use. She revealed, “I just gave away everything that I cared about. I just don’t know that I’ve ever gotten back to the point in my career that I was before that talk or that whole season of using.”

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