Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall Opens Up About Her Anorexia Battle

'I don't think I really cared about what was happening to me... anorexia is a self-destructive thing'

Jade Thirlwall has made a heartbreaking admission about her battle with anorexia.

The 23-year-old opens up about the eating disorder in Little Mix’s new book Our World, admitting that her troubles started when she was just 13.

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Jade Thirlwall

She puts this down to bullying, problems at home and the death of a close family member, explaining: ‘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.

‘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.’

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Jade Thirlwall joined Little Mix in 2011

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Jade continues by explaining that being admitted to hospital was a wake-up call, helping her realise that ‘it wasn’t a game, it was something really serious’.

She says: ‘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.”’

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Jade Thirlwall was missing from Little Mix’s appearance on The One Show yesterday

Thankfully, Jade came out the other side. She credits therapy sessions and weekly hospital visits for helping her through her issues, and says her health has been much better since she left secondary school.

But unfortunately for the South Shields-born star, she was forced to pull out of Little Mix’s appearance on The One Show yesterday due to ‘family problems’.

Her bandmates ended up chatting about their new single Shout Out To My Ex as a three, with Jesy Nelson telling hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones: ‘She’s had a few family problems so she can’t be here.’

We hope everything’s okay, lady.