07/27/2004 AT 8:00 AM ET
Mary-Kate Olsen, is “feeling very well” and has been released from a health facility where she underwent six weeks of treatment for an eating disorder, her spokesperson has confirmed.
Mary-Kate, 18, will continue treatment privately while preparing to begin her studies next month at New York University with her twin sister, Ashley, publicist Michael Pagnotta said.
“The focus right now is on school,” said Pagnotta. “She intends to live her day-to-day life normally. … She won’t be hiding. She’ll be going out and doing a lot of the things that she’s missed doing over the past few weeks.”
As for Mary-Kate having to deal with her problem while living under a media spotlight, Pagnotta admitted that both sisters, who built a child-acting career (beginning when they were 9 months old) into a billion-dollar fashion and entertainment franchise, “understand that it comes with the territory.”
Pagnotta said that publicity surrounding Mary-Kate’s treatment has not affected the sisters’ retail goods brand. Retail sales of Mary-Kate and Ashley clothing, dolls, games, videos and books are projected to top $1 billion this year.
“Things are going forward there, and all of their retail partners, all of their business associates have really stood by them,” he said. “Not one has been lost in this whole process.”