Elle King Details Her Drastic Weight Loss Transformation, Debuts Striking New Look

King shared a candid post where she also opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression.


Lauren Jo Black

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August 23, 2023

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Elle King; Photos Courtesy Instagram

Elle King, 34, is opening up about her dramatic weight loss and her bout with postpartum depression during her pregnancy and after welcoming her son, Lucky, into the world in the fall of 2021. 

King detailed her weight loss journey in a candid and inspiring social media post accompanied by a video that took fans through her daily routine on tour, including her skincare regimen, soundcheck, and workouts. The singer/songwriter’s workouts include “anywhere from 180-300 reps ranging from leg lifts, Bicycles, planks, squats and lunges.”

How Much Weight Has Elle King Lost?

“Almost 2 years postpartum! I am making this post to share my journey from 284 lbs at 5’3 from pregnancy 2021 – now 2023. It doesn’t happen overnight. It didn’t even happen in a year for me. In fact, it’s an ongoing still working towards ever-changing goals kinda thing,” the “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” singer began. 

While she did not reveal the exact number of pounds she lost, she shared insight into what led to her lifestyle changes. The singer cited a profound depression that started during her pregnancy and persisted through the postpartum period.   

Elle King; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Elle King; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

“Deep Depression”

“I fell into a very deep depression during my pregnancy. I also didn’t even realize how intense postpartum depression is and was until I very slowly began to crawl out. I felt trapped in my body. I couldn’t even sing,” she admitted before detailing her fitness journey. 

“So I started slow. Metabolic workouts. Light cardio to warm up my body, my lungs, my voice, and my spirit. I am a creature of habit, so I changed my fucking habits. Every few weeks I feel my body getting stronger. I add more workouts, I exercise with @pauldominic_ who is basically a bodybuilder.”

Elle King; Photo Courtesy CMA
Elle King; Photo Courtesy CMA

She encouraged her followers to find exercises that they are passionate about and to get moving. 

“Find music you like! Ride a bike! Go for a swim! I thought I wanted to lose weight, but it’s so much more. My BRAIN functions better on the days I move my body. Some days I count stretch marks. Some days I hug myself and say thank you to my body. Today is a kind day. I’ve been tiny, I’ve been huge, BUT RIGHT NOW I’M HEALTHY,” she proudly shared.

Not Taking Weight Loss Medication

In an effort to dispel any rumors, Elle King insisted that she is not taking any medication to aid her weight loss.

“I have PCOS and am pre-diabetic,” she revealed. “My diabetic grandfather died when I was 10 years old. I watched him prick his finger and give himself shots.”

King closed her post by promising that she won’t judge anyone for trying to “live a healthier life.” 

“I can only share MY OWN JOURNEY! I just hope to live a long, wonderful, healthy life where I can drink a lot, eat fish, laugh as much as I can, and die happy🤘😇”

New Look

The clip comes after Elle King debuted a brand-new look on social media. 

On Monday (Aug. 21), the “Ex’s & Oh’s” singer shared a photo on Instagram of herself donning a skin-tight black mini-dress that showcased her new fit physique, which she captioned, “surprise! #datenight.”

The snapshot also featured Elle with a new darker hair color. She previously had blonde locks. 

After releasing her debut country album, Come Get Your Wife, earlier this year, Elle King is currently performing at festivals and fairs across the United States, including Bash On The Bay, the Appalachian Fair, Oregon State Fair, Bend of The River Fall Festival, First & 10 Fest, Sing Out Loud Festival, Foxfire Music & Arts Festival and more.

The hitmaker will also join Jelly Roll on select dates of his highly successful Backroad Baptism Tour, which kicked off on Friday, July 28 at Bank Plus Amphitheater in Southhaven, Mississippi and runs through Saturday, October 14.

For more information and to see a full list of Elle King’s upcoming tour dates, visit her official website HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.