Florence Welch has spoken openly about the impact her former eating disorder continues to have on her.
The singer, who has previously spoken openly about her experience with anorexia, opened up about how the issue relates to her thoughts about having children.
In a new interview with Fashionthe singer was asked about her song “King,” which was released earlier this year.
“The whole point of the song is that you’re torn between the two [motherhood and career],” She said.
“What I’ve always been sure of is my work, but I’m starting to feel this shift in priorities, this feeling like maybe I want something different.”
When asked why she feels she can’t have both motherhood and a career, Welch replied that she believes it’s because she’s “scared.”
“It seems like the bravest thing in the world to have children. It’s the ultimate measure of confidence and letting go of control. I feel like having a kid and letting so much love in… I’ve spent my life running away from those big feelings,” she said.
“I think I had a stilted emotional immaturity just because I was in addiction and eating disorders for years.”
The musician went on to say that she has a “really complicated relationship” with her body.
The interviewer noted that Welch was “finally comfortable with it, but the idea of the change it would undergo.” [in pregnancy] finds them frightening”.
Speaking about her struggles in lockdown, Welch said it’s a “miracle” she hasn’t slipped back into her old eating habits.
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“There were moments when I was like, ‘Should I start cutting back on my sugar? Or should I do a cleaning?’ And that’s just a slippery slope for me. Anorexia gives a sense of security because you just think I’m going to control it,” she said.
“Fortunately, I have people to talk to and that’s one of the most important things for anyone – to talk about it. And not to be ashamed when such thoughts arise.”
For anyone struggling with the issues addressed in this article, Eating Disorders Charity Beat’s helpline is available 365 days a year on 0808 801 0677. You can visit their website here.
NCFED provides information, resources and advice for people living with eating disorders and their support networks. They can be reached by phone at 845.838.2040 or on their website here.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/florence-welch-eating-disorder-emotional-immaturity-b2065826.html Florence Welch says struggles with eating disorders have led to “emotional immaturity”.