Jade Thirlwall Opens Up About Past Battle With Anorexia: I Just Wanted To Waste Away And Disappear
Jade Thirlwall talks about her battle with anorexia
Jade Thirlwall has opened up about her devastating battle with anorexia that left her hospitalised at the age of 13.
Writing in Little Mix’s autobiography ‘Our World’, the 23-year-old singer explained that a culmination of bullying, problems at home, and the loss of family member led to her weight plummeting to just six stone.
She wrote: "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."
Speaking about the condition, Jade admitted that when people told her she needed help, she would ignore them.
"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,” she said.
"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.'
"It shocked me into making a change."
Following this, Jade sought treatment, eventually getting back a healthy weight by secondary school.