Melanie Chisholm has spoken out about the battle she faced while a part of the 90s pop band, explaining her extreme self-consciousness at the age of 20 and how she recovered.
In an interview with BBC Good Food, the 42 year old said: 'I joined the Spice Girls when I was 20 and it was an insane time. I developed an eating disorder.
'I was in the spotlight, being photographed constantly, and I started to become self-conscious of my body image.
'I was in denial for a long time but I always wanted to get better - I had talking therapies and holistic therapies, like acupuncture.'
The mum of one, 42, went on to explain how sport and food have become so important to her over the years: 'Sport became really important to me too. I love to be physically fit and, obviously, to really push yourself, you have to make sure you eat the right things.
'I like to think I have a healthy relationship with food now, and I love to cook.'
https://www.instagram.com/p/BNsAEoygSGq/This isn't the first time Mel has opened up about her mental health battle, speaking openly about how being part of The Spice Girls often left her feeling self-conscious and depressed.
Speaking to Event magazine, the star said: 'When the Spice Girls were at their biggest, I couldn't even really look at myself in the mirror because I didn't like what I saw.
'Depression, eating disorders, obsessive over-exercising; I went through all of it.'
It was announced in September this year that Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Mel B would be reforming the group, but without Victoria Beckham or Mel C.
Mel with her Spice Girl bandmates in 2012
Opening up about her decision, Mel - who is thought to have made £22 million from her time in the band - said: 'I made a lot in the Spice Girls but I spent a hell of a lot and had fun spending it.'
'I'd like to say the money didn't matter to me. I'm a single mother and I do have financial concerns.
'It was a really difficult decision. I didn't take it lightly. I did go quite far down the route with the girls. I went to a lot of meetings but I just didn't feel it was right in my gut. When I finally said no I just felt relief.'