Little Mix songstress Jade Thirwall has revealed that she survived a near fatal battle with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.
Speaking on the BBC Sounds Life Hacks podcast, she explained that her past with disordered eating was severe.
“I was at hospital and the doctors told me that I would die if I kept doing it,” she said.
“To hear somebody say that to you is actually quite scary and I started to realise how damaging it was for my family.”
She explained: “In my head, I felt so down and depressed about everything that was going on in my life, I really just wanted to sort of waste away.”
Jade was discharged from treatment for her disorder ahead of her 2011 audition for hot talent show The X Factor, where she auditioned as a soloist but was cast as one part of the foursome that now makes up Little Mix.
She told the podcast that she no longer uses her eating disorder as a coping mechanism.
“Honestly, I still have times where I’ll feel a bit sad or down about something, but I now don’t associate that with eating any more. I don’t punish myself in that way.”
Fellow Little Mix member Jesy Nelson also opened up about her body struggles recently, sharing that being bullied for her weight took atoll on her mental health.