One-fifth of the iconic Brit-pop band the Spice Girls, Mel C has recently opened up about the pressures of fame, and her battles with depression and her eating disorder in a recent interview.
During the Spice Girls’ incredible career, Mel C was dubbed ‘Sporty Spice’ and was known for her athletic physique and style – but keeping that up wasn’t as easy as you’d expect. In a recent interview with the Telegraph, she opens up about her obsession with the expectation of the perfect pop star.
I thought I had to be a certain way to be deserving of everything that was happening to me… to be a pop star I had to be perfect, and that was my way of trying to achieve perfection.
She then goes on to say,
I’d never starved myself, but I wasn’t eating properly, and I was exercising obsessively. All of my time with the Spice Girls I think I was probably living on adrenaline, God only knows how I got through it and I think my body just got to the point where it was like – enough.
In 2016, Mel C was offered £2 million to appear with her fellow Spice Girls in their 20th-anniversary concert, but she refused because of the emotional trauma she faced while she was a part of the group in their hay day.
When the Spice Girls were at their biggest, I couldn’t even really look at myself in the mirror because I didn’t like what I saw. Depression, eating disorders, obsessive over-exercising; I went through all of it.
Alongside her eating disorder, Mel C admitted she also suffered from depression and was finally diagnosed in 2000. She reported that she was incredibly relieved when she got her diagnosis because she could then finally start to accept that she could beat the illness once and for all. Since being diagnosed, Mel C has used acupuncture, meditation and yoga to combat the depressive thoughts.
Thankfully, Mel C now has more control over her own life and has battled some of her demons.
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