Zayn Malik Reveals He Struggled with a ‘Serious’ Eating Disorder While in One Direction
In quotes obtained by The Sun, Malik writes about becoming ill during his time with One Direction and what caused him to take some drastic measures. “When I look back at images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was,” Malik writes. “Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder.”
Surprisingly, Malik confesses his poor relationship with food didn’t really have anything to do with his looks. “It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that, I’d just go for days — sometimes two or three days straight — without eating anything at all,” he explained. “It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognize it for what it was.”
“I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did,” he continues. “I had lost so much weight I had become ill. The workload and the pace of life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits.”
Malik goes on to say he has since gained back the weight and now has a much healthier relationship with food.