Kate Hudson was shocked by the doping scandals involving her ex-boyfriends, Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez, saying she’s disgusted they disappointed their fans with their cheating.
“I was as shocked as anyone,” Hudson told InStyle. “People have a right to [feel betrayed]. Lance and Alex are phenomenal athletes who have made some bad choices and let a lot of people down. It’s a decision they made for themselves and they’ve got to loathe it.”
Hudson dated cyclist Armstrong in 2008 and was involved with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez the following year.
In 2009, A-Rod — a three-time MVP — admitting using performance-enhancing drugs. In 2013, he was suspended for the entire 2014 baseball season for his link to Biogenesis, a Miami clinic that allegedly supplied PEDs to athletes.
Lance: I Doped to Level the Playing Field
In 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, which he won from 1999 to 2005. Because all 21 of the top-three finishers during Armstrong’s win streak were tied to doping, there is no official winner for the years Lance won the Tour.
In January 2013, Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he had doped during much of his career. Lance revealed that he had started taking performance-enhancing drugs in the mid-1990s and had used testosterone, EPO and blood transfusions throughout his career.
Armstrong, 42, explained that all the top cyclists during his era had doped (which was true), and that he had to do it in order to level the playing field.
“There was a group of us primarily living in Italy and we just said we either have to play ball here or go home,” he said. “Maybe I’d approach the decision differently today, but at the time I didn’t lose sleep over it.”
Hincapie: Public Crucifixion of Armstrong Is Unwarranted
Meanwhile, Lance’s friend and ex-teammate, George Hincapie, said it’s unfair to blame Armstrong for cycling’s doping culture, which existed long before Lance came on the scene.
In his No. 1 bestseller, The Loyal Lieutenant, Hincapie explained that he and Lance felt compelled to dope in order to survive in the dog-eat-dog world of pro cycling. “I was doing what it took to be as professional as possible in my approach to attain my life’s goal,” wrote George. “The thought of cheating never crossed my mind. I felt it was my only choice.”
Hincapie, one of the most liked and respected cyclists of our time, said Armstrong realizes that what he did was wrong, but said the public vitriol he has endured is misguided. “Lance understands he did a lot of wrong things,” said George. “Is it right that he’s being blamed for 100 years of doping? I don’t think so.”
But Kate took a stronger stance, saying Armstrong and A-Rod have to pay the piper for breaking the rules. “I personally think that you make the choices you make and you should reap the consequences,” said Hudson, who’s now dating Muse rocker Matthew Bellamy.
In Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever, Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell say Lance was the leader of a sophisticated doping ring who used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world’s most difficult race.
Sounds Off on Plastic Surgery and 70-Pound Weight Loss
Kate, who’s hailed for her athletic beauty, said another pet peeve is the snarky gossip blogs that make fun of celebrity plastic surgery. Hudson, who reportedly got a nose job during her 20s, said she doesn’t judge anyone for getting plastic surgery, and says people should mind their own business.
“Will everybody stop being so damned judgmental?” she said. “If someone wants to go get butt implants, then go get butt implants. The real question is, How do they treat the person next to them? Are they a—holes or are they awesome?”
Meanwhile, Hudson is hotter than ever after losing 70 pounds after each of her two pregnancies. She said a low-carb diet and intense Pilates, yoga, and dance workouts fueled her stunning weight loss.
Judging by her slim physique, it’s hard to believe the 5-foot-6 Kate once weighed 184 pounds. The athletic Kate has always loved working out, saying she doesn’t feel good when she’s inactive.
Hudson admits losing the baby weight was hard, and that she exercised up to six hours a day to work off the excess pounds. While she no longer works out for hours every day, Hudson maintains an active lifestyle because exercise makes her feel good.
“When we start moving our body, it brings more dopamine and serotonin to our brains,” she said. “It awakens your system, so I try to stay motivated to be active. I like Pilates because it strengthens you from the inside out. It really centers on your core.”
Kate dislikes restrictive diets and typically follows a low-carb, high-protein eating plan like the Paleo diet, which was shown to be twice as effective for weight loss and reducing belly fat as a low-fat diet.
The Paleo diet works especially well for women because it reduces the blood sugar spikes and hormone surges that fuel overeating and mood swings, said Nell Stephenson, author of Paleoista: Gain Energy, Get Lean.