'I was obsessed with the idea that if I had abs I was strong, healthy, happy' - Madeleine Mulqueen reveals mental health and body image struggles
Madeleine Mulqueen has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and depression and body image.
Sharing two selfies from exactly two years apart on Instagram she outlined the changes in her body and her mental health over that time.
The 26 year old Limerick model, who has been engaged to Hollywood star Jack Reynor since 2014, revealed that a "severe injury" led to weight loss which in turn led to mental health issues.
"The last few years have been hard, in my mind and on my body," she wrote to her 10,200 followers.
"With a severe injury causing me to lose a lot of weight, that in turn resulted in my mind spiralling into a whole deeper level of pain, even when my injury had healed.
"I believed getting straight back into training would be the answer but I didn't take into consideration the far greater healing I had to do for my mind."
Madeleine said that in the older photo on the left she was "weak, anxious, depressed, never hungry and always tired."
She added, "I had been training non stop, not fuelling my body or looking after my mind. I became obsessed with the idea that if I had abs I was strong, healthy and I was happy. It couldn't have been further from the truth."
Two years later, in the photo on the right, she said, "After finally realising I needed to look after my mind before anything else, I slowly started to put on weight along with finding peace, strength, energy, happiness and one hell of an appetite.
"I now workout for my mind and body to get strong, not to get abs! The affect your mind has on your body is immense and I think these two pictures speak for themselves. Look after your mind and your body with thank you for it!"
It's not the first time Madeleine has shared her mental health struggles. Two years ago she revealed she became "frustrated and angry" after she started using the contraceptive bar.