Strictlys Angela Scanlon kept eating disorder hidden for 15 years

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Strictly Come Dancing star Angela Scanlon, 39, used to be fixated on comparison and battled an eating disorder for 15 years of her life.

The mum-of-two, who hosts her own chat show Ask Me Anything and fronts Your Home Made Perfect, candidly opened up about the disorder.

Angela admitted she felt worse than she had in a long time when she was given the coveted job of filling in for The One Show host Alex Jones who was on maternity leave in 2016.

In an unearthed interview with Psychologies, Angela shared: “On paper, I had all that I had ever wanted, but there was just a complete disconnect, and I felt huge discomfort in my own skin.

“People would see me on telly having a fun time because I knew how to present the version of me I was happy to put out there.

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“But I found it impossible to enjoy it because I didn’t know who the hell I really was.”

Angela admitted it was “incredibly distressing” as there was a “stark realisation” that work was not going to “fix” her problem. 

The redheaded beauty suffered from anorexia and bulimia which took hold of her when she was a teenager.

According to reports, she was spending periods living off black coffee and tinned pineapple which would make her feel faint.

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Speaking about her eating disorder, Angela said: “When it felt like my body was changing and I was becoming a woman, I didn’t feel equipped for that in any way, shape or form.

“That was the start of it, and then it just escalated and became my coping mechanism.”

The star said she kept the disorder “hidden” from her loved ones for a long time which was very “isolating”.

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour is hitting the road once again in May 2024, with a star-studded line-up. Dianne Buswell, Graziano Di Prima, Gorka Marquez and Nancy Xu are just a few of the names hitting cities around the country, including London, Cardiff, Liverpool and Brighton to name just a few. 

Angela was able to overcome her eating disorder, but it wasn’t until she became a parent that her recovery truly began. 

She said having her daughter Ruby gave her a new perspective on her body as did her second child Marnie. 

The presenter also praises her husband Roy Horgan, 43, who she has described as “the yin to my yang”. 

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this autumn. 

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