Little Mix‘s Jade Thirlwall has bravely opened up about her battle with anorexia.
The band’s autobiography Our World, which was released on Thursday, detailed the 23-year-old’s eating disorder which started when she was only 13.
Revealing she was coping with a death in the family as well as being bullied, the UK native confessed to losing a large amount of weight. One excerpt described what the songstress was going through:
“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.”
And Jade admitted she wasn’t open to getting help at the start, explaining:
“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.”
It wasn’t until she was hospitalized that she realized the disorder “wasn’t a game, it was something really serious.”
The talented starlet admitted that with the help of the clinic and weekly therapy, she was able to recover, and even credits Little Mix and school with keeping her strong. But Thirlwall divulged she needed the tough love at first:
“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.'”
We’re so glad she’s doing better!
Hopefully Jade’s story can inspire others who are battling eating disorders to seek help!
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