Florence Welch reveals harrowing lyrics about 'starving herself' on her new album are about her teenage battle with an eating disorder - and says she's given up wild partying in favour of Netflix
- Singer, 31, reveals her own teenage eating disorder is behind emotional lyrics
- New single 'Hunger' from forthcoming album High as Hope, out on June 29th, contains the line 'At seventeen, I started to starve myself'
- Welch, from London, says terror led her to sing rather than talk about her illness
- Ship to Wreck singer also says she has given up hard partying in favour of quiet nights in - after realising that she was always drunk on stage
Singer Florence Welch has revealed that hard-hitting lyrics in her new music are about her own eating disorder battle during her late teens.
The lines to her latest single with indie rock band Florence and the Machine, Hunger, begins: 'At seventeen, I started to starve myself.'
In a new interview to discuss the release of her forthcoming fourth album, High as Hope, Welch, 31, reveals that 'terror' led her to finally to talk about her illness via her music.
The Dog Days are Over singer also revealed that after years of wild partying, she's toned down the drinking and spends nights in watching Netflix instead.
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Florence and the Machine star, Florence Welch, 31, has revealed in the lyrics of her new music that an eating disorder plagued her late teens
The Dog Days are Over singer, pictured above at the age of 21, says she's now 'further away' from the eating disorder that she sings about in the single Hunger
Speaking to the Observer, Welch, who grew up in London's Camberwell, says: 'It’s the first time I’ve been able to put it on paper' and admits she was terrified about including lyrics about how she'd 'controlled food' out there.
She said her sister told her: 'Like, "You couldn’t admit this for years, and now you put it in a pop song?"'
Now 31, Welch says she's now 'further away' from struggles with food 'than I ever have been'.
The singer also said that after partying hard following finding success almost ten years ago - after singing to her now manager in a nightclub toilet - she now prefers to stay at home binge-watching Netflix than a night on the tiles.
The decision to leave her wilder days behind came, she told the newspaper, after she realised that she didn't need a drink to perform her music.
She says: 'When I realised I could perform without the booze it was a revelation. There’s discomfort and rage, and the moment when they meet is when you break open. You’re free.'
Welch's fourth album, High as Hope, is released on June 29th and features some of the singer's most honest lyrics to date
Much of the new album was inspired by heartache, Florence told the Telegraph earlier this year, following her split from James Nesbitt in 2014
The chart-topping singer's latest music is on the back of her third 2015 album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
The musician had previously divulged to the Daily Telegraph how she channeled her heartache into her fourth album.
Florence laid bare the intimate yet dark details of the 'black hole' she fell into with booze following her split from her ex James Nesbitt in 2014.
'I'm happier now, I'm content, but I'm never going to be fixed, ever,' she confessed to the publication. 'I don't think that's how it works.
'A lot of things almost worked for me: partying almost worked, being famous and successful almost worked, the relationship almost worked... but it won't sustain you.
'These are transient things. It's working out how to be OK regardless.'
In 2016, she was spotted soaking up the sunshine with rocker Felix White in Rio, in Brazil but the pair have not been seen together since.
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