This brave lady speaks out about overcoming her eating disorder
The 42-year-old was criticised last week for posting a topless picture on Instagram after calling pop-group, Little Mix too ‘provocative’, but she has now confessed how her OWN body hang-ups affected her time as an artist.
Talking to BBC Good Food, she said: ‘I joined the Spice Girls when I was 20 and it was an insane time. I developed an eating disorder.’
Despite spending her twenties touring the world with her band-mates, the mum-of-one admitted she began to obsess over her weight, revealing: ‘I was in the spotlight, being photographed constantly, and I started to become self-conscious of my body image.
‘I was in denial for a long time but I always wanted to get better – I had talking therapies and holistic therapies, like acupuncture.’
But earning her nickname Sporty Spice, the brave star was able to cope with her mental health struggles by turning to fitness, continuing: ‘Sport became really important to me too. I love to be physically fit and, obviously, to really push yourself, you have to make sure you eat the right things.
‘I like to think I have a healthy relationship with food now, and I love to cook.’
Her revelations come after the Stop Right Now singer admitted she was ‘relieved’ she turned down the chance to join former bandmates Emma Bunton, Mel B and Geri Horner, for a 2017 Spice Girls reunion, confessing: ‘It was a really hard decision to make. But once it was made I felt very relieved and that proved to me that my instinct was right.’
Talking about her relationship with the rest of the girls, Mel added: ‘We have spells of seeing each other and then not speaking for months. Family life and career takes over. I’d love to see the girls more and when we do have periods of being in each other’s lives, it’s lovely.’
Good to see you’re doing so well, Mel.