Mel C says she has spent ‘too long being quiet’


Singer Melanie Chisolm has said she made herself “really ill” after suffering with image problems during her time as a member of the Spice Girls. 

Speaking on Desert Island Discs, Chisolm, known as Mel C, suggested that her moniker “Sporty Spice” was partly to blame for her struggle with eating disorders. 

“I read about myself and wondered who that person was,” she said. “I am sporty and athletic, but I am quite soft and gentle really.

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“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. I was in denial.”

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Spice Girls performing at the Brit Awards ceremony

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Spice Girls outside the Martinez Hotel in Cannes, during the 50th Cannes Film Festival

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5/23 1997

Prince of Wales with the Spice Girls at the Royal Gala celebrating the Princes Trust 21st Anniversary in Manchester

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6/23 1997

Spice Girls arriving at the Empire, Leicester Square, for the gala premiere of the film Spice – The Movie

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Prince Harry with Mel B, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham

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The Prince of Wales and Nelson Mandela with the Spice Girls at the presidential residence Mahlamba Nalopfu in Pretoria, South Africa

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Modena, Italy

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11/23 1999

Unveiling of their wax doubles at Madame Tussaud’s Rock Circus in Piccadilly

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12/23 1999

Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Mel C and Emma Bunton launching their book ‘Forever Spice’

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13/23 2000

Posh, Scary, Sporty and Baby arriving at the launch party of their new album ‘Forever

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14/23 2000

Emma Bunton, Mel C, Victoria Beckham and Mel B celebrate after their finale performance at the Brit Awards where they received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award

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MTV Europe Music Awards in Stockholm

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The Spice Girls kicking off their reunion tour in Vancouver in 2007

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The Spice Girls perform at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2007

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Spice Girls performing during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 London Olympics

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The Spice Girls perform during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games



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