Mary-Kate Olsen has admitted she is suffering from an "eating disorder" after she was hospitalised a few weeks ago for a "health related issue".

A statement on the NEW YORK MINUTE star's website reveals the multi-millionairess is suffering from "an illness affecting many other young women" - after weeks of speculation concerning the state of Olsen's health.

The site says, "As many of you know, MARY-KATE is being treated for an eating disorder.

"There has been a tremendous outpouring of sympathy from so many of you - and from the worldwide press - for Mary-Kate in this difficult time, as she suffers from an illness affecting many other young women.

"We at MARY-KATEANDASHLEY.COM want to extend our deepest gratitude to those who have given Mary-Kate their heartfelt support."

30/06/2004 17:35