‘It’s the closest I’ve ever thought about it’: Florence Welch says it’s ‘a miracle’ she didn’t suffer an eating disorder relapse during lockdown as she says discusses past anorexia battle
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Florence Welch has revealed it’s ‘a miracle’ she didn’t have an eating disorder relapse during lockdown.
The Florence + The Machine frontwoman previously spoke out about overcoming her eating disorder, battling anorexia, and the decision to give up drinking and embrace sobriety eight years ago.
But Florence, 35, says she thought about her old treacherous food patterns during the coronavirus pandemic, admitting to British Vogue ‘it’s a slippery slope’ once that starts to happen.
Opening up: Florence Welch has revealed it’s ‘a miracle’ she didn’t have an eating disorder relapse during lockdown (pictured November 2021)
In the interview she said: ‘When you’re sober it is unfiltered reality all day every day. You don’t get a brain break.
‘I really f****** empathise with anyone who did relapse in those two years because I think it was probably the closest I’ve ever thought about it.
‘There were moments when I was like, “Should I be starting to cut back on my sugar? Or should I do a cleanse?” And that for me is just a slippery slope.
‘Anorexia provides a feeling of certainty, because you’re just like, I’m going to control this.’
Strong: The Florence + The Machine frontwoman previously spoke out about overcoming her eating disorder, anorexia, and gave up drinking eight years ago
The star went on to talk about the strong support network she has around her to prevent her from a relapse.
She said: ‘Luckily, I have people I can talk to and that’s one of the most important things for anyone – to keep talking about it. And not to be ashamed if those thoughts come up.’
In 2018, the Shake it Out hitmaker admitted she worried she would die if she didn’t give up alcohol, even though she felt that being an ‘extreme identity’ was a huge part of who she was.
She said: ‘Being an extreme drinker was a huge part of my identity. Music and alcohol are sort of my first two loves.
‘When I stopped, there was this sense that I was letting some ghost of rock history down that I just couldn’t cope anymore. It was monumental.
‘It wasn’t like, ‘I want to be healthy and I need a change of pace.’ It was like, ‘I’m going to die. I need to stop.’ ‘
Struggles: The 35-year-old singer admitted she thought about her old food patterns during the long coronavirus pandemic and told British Vogue ‘it’s a slippery slope’ once that happens (pictured performing with her band in March 2019)
Florence bravely spoke about overcoming her eating disorder previously, saying: ‘I haven’t weighed myself in four years – I have no idea how much I weigh right now.
‘Five years ago, I could have told you how much in the morning, at night, clothes on, clothes off. With and without jewellery.
‘To let go of that sometimes feels like a bigger achievement than headlining Glastonbury.’
However, despite how far she has come, the superstar admitted she still has bouts of insecurity and social media appears to make that worse.
She said: ‘I can still come off stage with a crowd applauding and go back to sit alone in my room, scrolling through my phone until I’ve found enough things to make me really unhappy.
”Although I love social media as a way of connecting, it’s also a handy tool for digging your own personalised shame hole.’
In the interview she said: ‘When you’re sober it is unfiltered reality all day every day. You don’t get a brain break
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