Mel C opens up about developing an eating disorder while with the Spice Girls

Jackie Willis


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."

WATCH: Mel B Shows Up to Same Nightclub as *NSYNC, Rocks Sporty Spice Hairstyle

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."

See photos of The Spice Girls through the years:

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."

WATCH: Victoria Beckham Reveals Her Kids Know About Her Spice Girls Days -- 'We've Watched the Movie Together'

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: