Anne-Marie took ‘dangerous’ weight gain pills when battling an eating disorder

Anne-Marie has revealed that she took dangerous pills that she bought online during the early stages of her career, after becoming "unhealthily thin".

The 2002 singer has struggled with eating disorders in the past and has shared some of her experiences in her new book, You Deserve Better.

The pop star oozes confidence on stage but admits that she struggles with anxiety and tore herself apart behind the scenes.

In her book, she said that she has ­struggled all her life to come to terms with the way she looks, which resulted in her stopping ­eating and later buying dangerous pills online.

The star decided to write the book to try and help fans overcome their own demons.

Anne-Marie explained that from a young age she had a fear of vomiting and would limit her meals to just cheese sandwiches and crisps.

When she turned 16 and took her GCSE exams she said that her weight started to plummet.

Anne-Marie wrote: “I stopped eating properly. I got really skinny — unhealthily so.”

At 22, she was catapulted to stardom after touring with Rudimental and saw that the women they found attractive were curvier, so this lead to her then trying to put weight on – but not in a healthy way.

Anne-Marie continued: “I’d been obsessed with being thin but I started to notice the girls they found attractive were curvy.

“Of course, me being me, I took that on board 110 per cent and totally changed my approach overnight. I started buying pills off the internet that made me put on weight. It was ridiculous and dangerous.

“But I still wasn’t happy because I was still trying to be something that I wasn’t.”

She also explained that following the release of her debut album Speak Your Mind in 2018, she chose to go and see a cognitive behavioural therapist.

Anne-Marie penned: “I was so sad I couldn’t cry. I went to a CBT therapist for the first time. She told me I was on the verge of a full-on breakdown and that I was severely depressed.

“I stopped working for a bit, I pulled recording sessions and stayed at home.”

She stated that seeing a therapist each week really did help her and emphasised that she didn’t know if she'd "be here without it”.

If you're worried about your health or the health of somebody else, you can contact SEED eating disorder support service on 01482 718130 or on their website,

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