What an honest thing to reveal!
In Zayn Malik's new book Zayn, the Pillowtalk singer opens up about having a 'serious' eating disorder while he was still a member of One Direction.
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The 23-year-old writes:
"When I look back at images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was… Something I've never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder."
Gigi Hadid's boyfriend explains that his illness wasn't about his appearance or even his weight.
"It wasn't as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that, I'd just go for days — sometimes two or three days straight — without eating anything at all. It got quite serious, although at the time I didn't recognize it for what it was."
For Malik, it was more about control than anything else.
"I didn't feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did… I had lost so much weight I had become ill. The workload and the pace of life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits."
Luckily, the musician has gained back the weight, and appears to be living a healthier lifestyle.
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