Vanessa once struggled with self-esteem

Vanessa White admits she used to be jealous of the other Saturdays.

The singer, who was just 17 when the group got signed, struggled with her self-esteem when she started to gain a bit of weight in the band’s early days.

People nicknamed me “the Fat Saturday“,’ says Vanessa, 24.

We’d be driving round the country all the time doing promo and were always eating McDonald’s.

I went from being a tiny size 6, doing dance classes and gymnastics at school, to eating junk food.

I was never huge – the biggest I got was a size 10 – but, because I’m only 5ft 1in, I looked bigger.

Being labelled “fat” just made me even more shy.’

Vanessa felt even worse when she compared herself to her bandmates.

I envied the other girls so much,’ she tells Fabulous Magazine.

I’d see how confident Rochelle [Humes] was, and the way Frankie [Sandford], Una [Healy] and Mollie [King] could eat anything and stay super thin.

I used to look at them and think they were so sorted – particularly Rochelle and Una. They were always so sure of themselves.

It’s just taken me that little bit longer.’

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Anna Francis