One of Little Mix has opened up about her teenage battle with anorexia which left her weighing just over six stone.Twenty three year old Jade Thirlwall talks about her ordeal in the X Factor winners’ new book Our World which is out today. She reveals she developed the eating disorder when she was 13 and had to be admitted to hospital after she dropped to a worryingly thin six stone. Jade says her struggle with the condition was brought on by a mix of bullying, problems at home and also losing a cherished family member.
“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,” she admits.
“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 says she turned into someone she didn’t recognise any longer and mistreated those closest to her. The Little Mix singer was eventually told she would die if she carried on.
“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.’” Hospital therapy sessions helped turn Jade’s life around and thankfully by the time she left secondary school she was back to full health.