Mel C opened up about her Spice Girls struggles on Desert Island Discs (Picture: Getty/REX)

Mel C has revealed that the pressure to be the perfect Spice Girl caused her to have multiple eating disorders in the 1990s.

Rising to fame in the era-defining girl group, Melanie Chisholm admitted on Desert Island Discs that having to fit into the Sporty Spice character seriously affected her mental and physical health.

‘I read about myself and wondered who that person was,’ she told presenter Lauren Laverne, ‘We were in our early 20s, so I was kind of wondering, “Who am I?”

‘I was portrayed as quite gobby, quite boyish, a bit of a tomboy. I am sporty and athletic, but I am quite soft and gentle really. It was confusing.’

She continued: ‘I was described as the plain one at the back that doesn’t really do much, doesn’t really say much. That’s really hurtful when you’re a young, aspiring pop star.

‘So I tried to make myself perfect. I ended up making myself really ill. I was anorexic for a few years. I was exercising obsessively and I ended up being incredibly depressed.’

With the band in 1997 (Picture: Ray Burmiston/Photoshot/Getty Images)

Later struggling with a binge-eating disorder, the 46-year-old admitted that it took until the millennium to get diagnosed and begin treatment as she couldn’t look after herself anymore.

Tearing up, Mel told Lauren: ‘I went to my GP and I was diagnosed with depression. It was such a weight lifted off my shoulders.

Back on the road in 2019 (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

‘It was a relief, because it was like, “Oh my god, there’s a name for it and I can be helped.”’

Being catapulted into superstardom was a highly emotional time for all the Spice Girls, with Mel admitting that she was nearly booted out of the band back in 1996 after having a fight with Victoria Beckham at the Brit Awards.

‘I got a bit lairy and I told Victoria to f*** off,’ she said.

‘I upset her, and I was told that if that behaviour ever happened again, then [guillotine gesture.]’



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