Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall has discussed her battles with anorexia, saying she wanted to “waste away and disappear” when she was a teenager.
Thirlwall said she began suffering from the condition when she was 13, after being bullied while at school in South Shields, Tyne & Wear.
Speaking in Little Mix’s new authorised biography Our World, Thirlwall revealed that a family bereavement and problems with her family also contributed to her distress.
Thirlwall said: “My periods stopped, and things were getting out of control, but I don’t think I really cared about what was happening to me. I felt so depressed at the time that I just wanted to waste away and disappear.”
The singer added that anorexia makes sufferers “stubborn”, explaining that she refused to accept she had a problem until she was admitted to hospital.
Thirlwall said: “Anorexia is self-destructive, so when people are trying to tell you something, you get it into your head that they’re against you and you’re not going to listen.
“It took going to hospital to make me realise that it wasn’t a game. It was something really serious. The clinic were quite tough at first and spelled it out to me: ‘You’re destroying your body, and if you keep doing this you’re going to die.’”
Thirlwall eventually overcame anorexia when she saw a friend admitted to a specialist clinic with the same illness. She said: “It shocked me into making a change.”
Thirlwall eventually recovered by the time she finished secondary school, after attending weekly therapy sessions and hospital visits.
Little Mix shared new single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ this week and also announced their 16-date ‘Glory Days’ arena tour for October 2017.