Diane Buswell found fame on Strictly Come Dancing but her quest to get into dancing has come with some hurdles.
The 30-year-old has revealed that her quest for the perfect body landed her in hospital with iron deficiency anaemia after she burnt out from over-exercising.
Diane – who is now dating Joe Sugg after the pair met on the show last year – told Happiful: ‘Sometimes I did three shows a day and I’d go to the gym. I was exercising excessively and cut out many meals.
‘It got to the point where I had no physical energy. Anxiety came with it because I didn’t feel well enough to perform and had to every night.’
She said it became an ‘addition’. ‘Sometimes I did three shows a day and I’d go to the gym in between,’ she explained. ‘If I [ended up] off that schedule, it would really throw me.
‘It was an addiction, I guess.’
The Australian-born star was rushed to hospital for treatment where she had an iron transfusion.
‘I’ll never forget the moment I had the iron transfusion,’ she recalled. ‘I went home and went for a run. I felt alive again. I realised I’d put my career on the line and I never wanted to return to that state.’
Having struggled with her own body image and anxiety that came with that, Diane revealed she immediately formed a close bond with Joe’s sister – internet sensation, Zoella.
‘I have discussed anxiety with her a fair bit, because she’s very open about it, which is great because so many girls now have it,’ Diane confessed.
Diane and Joe’s relationship has gone from strength-to-strength and the pair recently moved in together.