“I have been living in denial of for the better part of 20 years.”
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Lindsay Ell has revealed she is battling an eating disorder. She opened up about her diagnosis during a recent appearance on Kaitlyn Bristowe's Off The Vine podcast, and subsequently shared the news on her social media too.
"I got diagnosed with an eating disorder a few weeks ago, and have come to terms that it's something I have been living in denial of for the better part of 20 years," Ell captioned.
“I always told myself that an eating disorder would look like “that kind of body” and that there’s no way I could have one because I didn’t look like that. I told myself that the way I was living was fine because it was just part of my career…”
“But it got to the point where it felt like it was taking over my life, and I no longer had control over what I ate or didn’t eat in the shadows. I got really good at pretending that everything was ok out in public but at home I was shrivelling up,” she continued.
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“I know that eating disorders are flags to the need for deeper work, and I would love to share my journey as I go through my recovery. I have no idea of what that fully looks like, but I’m figuring it out day by day.”
“I’m telling you all this because I know that it is the stories I hear that inspire me to be a better person. I hope in sharing this and my journey as I go along it, will inspire you to be honest with yourself - with what you’re feeling and what you’re going through. Regardless of what that may be. Sometimes it’s so easy to take care of everyone else but yourself. Hopefully you won’t need to live 20 years feeling something that you never deal with.”
"So, this is where I’m at. With my hand on my heart… 🤍 And hopefully I can take you along the road as I learn."
Friends and fans of the singer took to the comment section to offer their love and support, including Bristowe who wrote, "I love you, your honesty, and your heart so much. I'm always here for you as I have struggled too."
Fellow country music star, Maren Morris added, "Can't imagine how difficult this was to share with the world, but you are helping people by doing so. So proud of your journey!"
Ell previously opened up about her mental health on ACM Lifting Lives Present the Check-In, as well as her experiences of sexual assault in her 2020 Heart Theory album.
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