Die-hard 50 Cent fans won't recognize the rap superstar in anew photo that has surfaced in USWeekly.
"I was starving," the 6-foot artist, who reduced his weightfrom 214 pounds to 160, told the magazine. Tolose the weight, 50 walked three hours a day on a treadmill for nine weeks andlived on a liquid diet.
When the shocking photo hit the web, some speculated that hewas sick, but a longtime spokesperson said that was not the case.
"I can confirm that he is indeed okay," the spokesperson toldYahoo! Music.tattoossurgically removed because it affected his film career, requiring him to beon set for several additional hours each day for extra makeup.
He has multiple films in preproduction, and previouslyappeared in Get Rich Or Die Tryin', Home Of The Brave, and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Things Fall Apartcostars Ray Liotta, Lynn Whitfield, and Mario Van Peebles, who also served asdirector.