Nicole and Keira's skeletal strolls in the sun

By CLAIRE BATES, Mail online

Last updated at 09:20 14 August 2006

Nicole Richie's weight battle has taken a turn for the worse, with the star being snapped looking positively skeletal.

With her ribcage protruding through her skin, the socialite and TV star had to hold up her American size 0 bikini which bagged around her wisp thin frame as she sunbathed on a beach in Malibu.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that a photographer called out telling her to "gain some weight." The ultra-skinny star replied: "I have a disease" before bursting into floods of tears.

The adopted daughter of singer Lionel Ritchie recently confessed to a magazine: "I know I'm too thin right now, so I wouldn't want any young girl looking at me and saying, 'That's what I want to look like'.

"I really do need to do something about it. I'm not happy with the way I look right now."

But despite seeing a nutritionist and a doctor regularly, it is clear Nicole is still struggling.

And it seems Nicole is not the only celebrity with a worryingly thin frame at the moment.

Pirates of the Carribean star Keira Knightley, was spotted in central London on Friday exposing an emaciated ribcage.

The 32A beauty admitted: "I haven't got boobs, I've got pecs."

The 21-year-old also recently complained when her breasts were digitally enhanced in posters to promote the movie King Arthur, in which she played Guinevere.

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