In his new autobiography titled 'Zayn', the RnB star opens up about his dangerous battle with an eating disorder.
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“When I look back at images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was.
“Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder.
“It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that, I’d just go for days — sometimes two or three days straight — without eating anything at all. It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognise it for what it was.
“I think it was about control. I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did.
“I had lost so much weight I had become ill. The workload and the pace of life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits.”
During this time, Zayn was faced with allegations of having a drug addiction due to his gaunt appearance.
In his book, he also discusses his history with ADHD and anxiety.
“The plan is to start performing smaller venues and work my way up from there. This anxiety isn’t going to get the better of me.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, you can contact the Butterfly Foundation at 1800 33 4673 or click here.