Melanie Chisholm, also known as Sporty Spice or Mel C, revealed Tuesday that her Spice Girl days were “joyless” due to an eating disorder.
The 48-year-old singer revealed that her fame had an “element of guilt” and that her eating disorder began after a comment from a funder of the group, according to The Diary of a CEO Podcast.
“He had commented on the size of my thighs, which really shook me,” the singer said.
“I went to a performing arts college, which was primarily a dance college, and there body image was an issue. There were girls with eating disorders, I’ve witnessed them in my life, but it never affected me personally.”
According to Chisholm, she gained weight after college, but it never really bothered her.
“It was just, ‘Yeah, I’m going to slow down a bit, lose a few pounds,'” Chisholm said.
“But someone who actually commented on my looks as I entered a career that’s so much about how you look really influenced me.”
“I thought, ‘Well, if I’m going to do this, I have to fit the mold,’ and that was it. It was just a gradual thing, but it was the food and the exercise and then it started with a comment like this,” added the So Tell Me What You Want singer.
The Post has reached out to Chisholm for comment.
Though Chisholm hid this secret from her fans, she said her time as Spice Girl was “amazing” but also one of the toughest.
“It was the most incredible time of my life and the toughest,” Chisholm said
Earlier this month, Chisholm revealed in her new book that she had been sexually assaulted the night before her first-ever Spice Girls performance in Turkey.
“I didn’t want to make a fuss, but I didn’t have time to deal with it either,” she said. “Because I wasn’t looking into it at the time, I realized I let that get buried for years, and then as I was writing the book, it came to me in a dream. I woke up and it was in my head.”
“And as much as I enjoyed it, it was joyless because I had a secret and I was dealing with what I had to deal with while also living my dream.”
If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, you can get help. Call the National Eating Disorder Association Helpline at (800) 931-2237 or visit nationalatingdisorders.org.