'I was in denial for a long time but I always wanted to get better': Mel C admits sport helped her recover from an eating disorder

She was the artist best known as Sporty Spice, but Mel C has revealed that it was fitness that helped her recover from a serious eating disorder in The Spice Girls.

Melanie Chisholm explained her extreme self-consciousness at the age of 20 and how she recovered, in a brief tell all with BBC Good Food this week. 

The 42-year-old shared: 'I joined the Spice Girls when I was 20 and it was an insane time. I developed an eating disorder.

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Coping :Melanie Chisholm has shared that she suffered from an eating disorder in a brief tell all with BBC Good Food this week

'I was in the spotlight, being photographed constantly, and I started to become selfconscious of my body image. 

'I was in denial for a long time but I always wanted to get better – I had talking therapies and holistic therapies, like acupuncture.  

Speaking about her single Version Of Me to Attitude magazine last month, the musician admitted she wishes she had been 'a bit stronger' during her stint alongside bandmates Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Melanie Brown. 

The reveal: 'I joined the Spice Girls when I was 20 and it was an insane time. I developed an eating disorder,' shared the 42-year-old

Under pressure: 'I was in the spotlight, being photographed constantly, and I started to become selfconscious of my body image'

'I was in denial for a long time but I always wanted to get better – I had talking therapies and holistic therapies, like acupuncture.

Mel said: 'Version of Me is about being bullied. About being in a situation as a young adult where I felt bullied and how that has affected me, and molded me in a way.' 

The mother-of-one admitted she let certain people in her life take advantage of her when she was starting out in the music industry.

She told Attitude: 'Now I'm older, I'm a lot more confident and I will not be s**t upon. But when I was younger I let people s**t on me. What's done is done but I’d have liked to have been a bit stronger.'  

Mel recently caused quite a sensation when she took to Instagram to share a picture of herself topless as she prepared for a shoot.

And while a large number of the 42-year-old singer's 200,000-strong followers cooed over her rippling abs, several branded her a 'hypocrite', pointing to her criticism of Little Mix's 'provocative' style during a recent interview.

Hypocrite? Mel C caused quite a sensation when she took to Instagram to share an old of herself topless as she prepared for a shoot

Wrote one: 'Didn't you say... a few weeks back that you don't know why women get their kit off in the name of "girl power" and you couldn't get your "bits and bobs out in public" as you wouldn't find it "empowering". Hypocritical much?'

'Pretty sure you were quick to criticize Little Mix on their "provocative" outfits and sexualisation and here you are with nothing but your pants on?? Pot kettle black springs to mind,' stated another. 

In Mel's nude shot, the Northern Star singer was seen covering her cleavage with her hands while she showed off her enviably toned body in just a pair of flesh coloured panties.

Preparing for a shoot, she captioned the image: 'Cheeky little cover shoot tomorrow. Better get my work pants ready!' 

Racy photo: In Mel's nude shot, the Northern Star singer was seen covering her cleavage with her hands while she showed off her enviably toned body in just a pair of flesh coloured panties

Preparing for a shoot, she captioned the image: 'Cheeky little cover shoot tomorrow. Better get my work pants ready!'

 

 

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