by Danielle Holian
Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall opened up in the girls’ new book Our World about her battle with anorexia.
The 23-year-old popstar revealed her eating disorder began when she was 13-years-old and was admitted to hospital.
Thirlwall explained it started when she was getting bullied, losing a family member and problems at home.
“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 confessed.
“After a long road of mistreating herself and people around her, she felt she didn’t recognise herself anymore, adding, “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.”
Thirlwall, after a period of time, was told if she was to carry on the way she was going she would die. After some time, she finally realised she was slowly killing herself.
“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.’”
The final straw for the Little Mix singer was when she discovered her friend was in the same situation, “It shocked me into making a change,” she expressed. She attended therapy sessions and visited hospital for appointments every week.
The star explained by the end of school, auditioning on the X Factor in 2011 and joining Little Mix, she was much healthier.