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Melanie C opens up about battle with weight and depression

Melanie C has opened up about her battle with her weight and depression, revealing that at one point she struggled to get out of bed for days.

The 38-year-old, who last month confirmed the Spice Girls will not be reforming for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, told the Daily Mirror that her problems began during the height of the band’s success:

“When I was in the Spice Girls, the stress of suddenly being thrust into the limelight led me into an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise.

“It’s true I had an eating disorder but I didn’t purge myself so it never became bulimia, which has been reported. Surviving on a few hours of sleep while on tour, not eating properly and depriving my body of essential nutrients sent me into this awful depression."

The ‘I Turn To You’ singer admitted things reached a low point on the eve of the millennium when she struggled to get out of bed, but after being prescribed a course of anti-depressants and counselling sessions, “things started to improve.”

Melanie credits the birth of her daughter Scarlet in 2008 for turning her life around: “If you’ve had depression in the past, you’re more prone to it again. But if anything, being pregnant and having a baby gave me a fresh start and if there was any tiny hangover of a bad relationship with food, it disappeared.

“It was the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle.




Watch Melanie C perform her last single, 'Weak,' on This Morning below: