Jade Thirlwall has opened up about her battles with anorexia in the girl band’s new book Our World.
The 23-year-old confessed her struggle with the eating disorder, and revealed it began when she was only 13 years old. She also discussed her experience with bullies and a death in the family, which caused Jade to lose a dramatic amount of weight and led her to be hospitalized.
"My periods stopped and things were getting out of control but I don't think I really cared about what was happening to me," she admits. "I felt so depressed at the time that I just wanted to waste away and disappear."
The starlet revealed that while people around her tried to help, she wasn’t receptive. "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 explains.
Thirlwall said she didn’t quite understand how dangerous her condition was until she was hospitalised. "[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.'"
However, weekly visits to the hospital and therapy have assister Thirlwall in regaining her health. The singer also credits finishing school and joining Little Mix as factors which have contributed to getting her back on track.