Mel C: ‘Having a baby saved my life’

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melcEx-Spice Girl Mel C has revealed that having baby daughter Scarlet helped her overcome her battle with bulimia…

In an interview with SHE magazine, Mel C, 37, has spoken out about her struggle with bulimia during her Spice Girls days and confessed that falling pregnant in 2009 enabled her to re-think her attitude towards food, eat healthily, and focus on somebody else.

The former Sporty Spice, real name Melanie Chisholm, struggled with clinical depression and bulimia nervosa in her 20s and now believes her problems are behind her – and it’s all thanks to little Scarlet, two.

She said: “Scarlet hasn’t just changed my life, she’s saved it. I worried that I might not be able to cope with motherhood but she’s given me a fresh start.

“As my bump grew the more proud I became of my body and suddenly I felt more comfortable eating healthily.”

Mel C, who gave birth to Scarlet in February 2009, added: “I put on almost 50lbs and I certainly wasn’t in any rush to shed my baby weight. There’s too much pressure on mums to ping back into shape.”

The singer turned stage star has also admitted that her bulimia was a reaction to her fame with the Spice Girls: “I felt like I wasn’t in control of my life, I was public property and I was fixated on my body image. I was stereotyped as the aggressive masculine tomboy, which wasn’t me at all.

“Controlling my food was my way of fighting back and not feeling powerless.”

Read the full interview in SHE magazine, out tomorrow.


Image: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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