Thursday 23 February 2017

Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall opens up about battle with anorexia: ‘They spelled it out and said if you keep doing this you will die’

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The 23-year-old singer revealed her struggle with the disorder stemmed from losing a relative when she was 13.
The 23-year-old singer revealed her struggle with the disorder stemmed from losing a relative when she was 13.

Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall has opened up about her battle with an eating disorder during her teenage years and said Anorexia was a way of bringing control to her life during a time of grief.

The 23-year-old singer revealed her struggle with the disorder stemmed from losing a relative when she was 13.

In a new book about the band, Our World, Jade said doctors feared for her health when she was admitted to hospital as a young teen to treat the disorder.

"My periods stopped and things were getting out of control but I don't think I really cared about what was happening to me,” Jade said.

Jade with her band Little Mix
Jade with her band Little Mix

"I felt so depressed at the time that I just wanted to waste away and disappear."

As Jade’s health deteriorated, her family stepped in and intervened desperate to help her overcome the dangerous disorder.

"Anorexia is a self-destructive thing and you become stubborn, 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," Jade said.

"It took going to hospital to make me realise that it wasn't a game, it was something really serious. They sat me down in the clinic and were quite tough at first, spelling it out, 'You're destroying your body and if you keep doing this you will die.'"

For information and support on Anorexia Nervosa or other eating disorders visit www.seechange.ie or www.bodywhys.ie or call the Irish Helpline on: 1890 200 444

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