Spice Girls star Melanie C’s struggles with eating disorders and depression date back to a BRIT Awards spat with bandmate Victoria Beckham and has now got candid about the cause of her anorexia and depression.

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The singer has told BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs” host Lauren Laverne she was told she would be fired if she ever took on Posh Spice again – and the showdown led to years of problems.

Spice Girls' Mel C Had A Few Drinks At BRITs & Was Told She Would Be Out If...
Spice Girls’ Mel C Had A Few Drinks At BRITs & Was Told She Would Be Out If…

“I think that is where the start of a lot of my problems was… I had to be so strict with myself after that, in case I messed it up. What made it so devastating was how important I realised it was to me,” she said.

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“We were at the BRITs and we all had a few bevvies (drinks). I was told if it happened again I would be out.”

Mel C reveals the pressure she felt led to a pattern of anorexia and depression: “I was described as the plain one at the back, 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.”

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