Years & Years’ Olly Alexander opens up about decade-long struggle with body issues

Frontman says: "I definitely had a difficult relationship with food"

Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander has spoken out about his body image issues, saying that he has struggled with the way he looks for over ten years.

Speaking to Buzzfeed ahead of his band’s headline gig at Wembley Arena last week, Alexander revealed that he has struggled with his image for a decade and regularly skipped meals after becoming concerned about gaining weight.

“I was stuck between this place of being really, really, really skinny and hating it – because I wanted to be muscly like other boys – but at the same time didn’t want to put on weight because that was bad as well,” Alexander said. “I struggled with it for a really long time actually.”

However, Alexander was keen to stress that he does not believe he had an eating disorder, adding, “I wouldn’t want to call it that myself… I was never diagnosed with an eating disorder but I definitely had a difficult relationship with food”.

Watch the interview below:

Live backstage with Years & Years’ Olly Alexander in conversat…

Live backstage with Years & Years’ Olly Alexander in conversation with BuzzFeed’s Patrick Strudwick at Wembley Arena.

Posted by BuzzFeed UK on Saturday, April 9, 2016

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