Mel C Opens Up About Developing an Eating Disorder While With the Spice Girls

Melanie Chisholm recalls that her time as Sporty Spice took a toll on her self esteem.
"I joined the Spice Girls when I was 20 and it was an insane time. I developed an eating disorder," she shares in a brief tell-all on BBC Good Food. "I was in the spotlight, being photographed constantly, and I started to become self conscious of my body image."
Mel C says that she didn't want to admit to herself that she had a problem. "I was in denial for a long time but I always wanted to get better," she says. "I had talking therapies and holistic therapies, like acupuncture. Sport became really important to me too."
The 42-year-old singer now says she has a "healthy relationship with food."
"We're so much more aware of nutrition nowadays," she continues. "When I was a teenager, I didn't know the difference between a protein and a carb. We need to get back to realizing that we are what we eat."
As for a Spice Girls reunion, Mel C doesn't seem on board. "We're four individuals, we've gone on to have separate lives and careers and want different things," she explains.
This isn't to say the Mel C is staying out of the spotlight. She released her seventh solo studio album in October, and earlier this month, she shared a topless photo of herself in the same week that Spice Girls alum Mel B also posted a nude pic. Check out the singer's former bandmate's naked photo shoot, below: