EastEnders actress defends former co-star
But the pressure to stay thin led Natalie, 26, to start taking laxatives – eventually she ditched her healthy eating regime to stop things from going out of control.
‘It’s a shame what happened to Natalie Cassidy,’ Charlie, 27, tells Celebs On Sunday. ‘I can understand how people become obsessed.
‘She’s been given a lot of grief and I feel sorry she fell into an eating disorder from the pressure she probably put on herself.’
Charlie released her own Before And After Workout DVD in 2005.