“I was described as the plain one at the back that doesn’t really do much, doesn’t really say much,” she continued. “That’s really hurtful when you’re a young, aspiring pop star.”
As a result, Mel tried everything she could to be “perfect.” Instead, she made herself “ill.”
“I was anorexic for a few years. I was exercising obsessively and I ended up being incredibly depressed,” she explained.
It was only after developing a binge eating disorder that she finally decided to seek help.
“I went to my GP and I was diagnosed with depression,” she said. “It was such a weight lifted off my shoulders. It was such a relief because I thought: “Oh my God, there’s a name for it and I can be helped.'”
The 46-year-old also admitted that she was nearly kicked out of the band before it’s official launch due to a “scuffle” 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.]”
“I am putting this all together in my head now and I think that is where the start of a lot of my problems was,” she continued. “I had to be so strict with myself after that, in case I messed it up.”