Nicola McLean lauds The Crown's portrayal of Princess Diana's bulimia battle

The Crown star Emma Corrin recently revealed she asked scriptwriters to add in graphic scenes to depict Princess Diana’s struggle with an eating disorder.  

And, Nicola McLean lauded The Crown’s portrayal of Diana’s bulimia battle as she branded the disease ‘gruelling and horrific’ during an appearance on Friday’s instalment of The Jeremy Vine Show.

The TV personality, 38, who recently revealed her ‘tough’ struggle with trying to manage her eating disorder during the coronavirus lockdown, told the TV host: ‘You say it’s shocking, but for me that’s my everyday life!’

Important! Nicola McLean lauded The Crown's portrayal of Princess Diana's bulimia battle, during an appearance on Friday's instalment of The Jeremy Vine Show

Important! Nicola McLean lauded The Crown’s portrayal of Princess Diana’s bulimia battle, during an appearance on Friday’s instalment of The Jeremy Vine Show

Nicola said: ‘I found it really inspiring that they showed Princess Diana’s eating disorder… As someone who’s suffered with an eating disorder since the age of 11…

‘People don’t realise that it’s as serious as it is. People think that you make yourself sick so that you’re thin and it’s totally not that.

‘It showed that it’s not a class thing, that it’s not a looks thing, that it’s about the inside and about how you feel.

‘I think they portrayed it really well, and it’s made me feel less embarrassed to be able to come forward and say that I’ve suffered for as long as I have with it. 

Raw and real: The Crown star Emma Corrin recently revealed she asked scriptwriters to add in graphic scenes to depict Princess Diana ‘s struggle with an eating disorder.

Horrific: Nicola branded the disease 'gruelling and horrific' and told the TV host: 'You say it's shocking, but for me that's my everyday life!'

Horrific: Nicola branded the disease ‘gruelling and horrific’ and told the TV host: ‘You say it’s shocking, but for me that’s my everyday life!’

‘You say it’s shocking but for me that’s my everyday life, and it has been since I was 11. There’s been times, very short periods of my life where I haven’t done that, but most days I do do that. So, I think it’s important to see it.

‘Yes, others right think it’s shocking but sometimes being shocked then helps us to maybe understand, and people can relate to us [people with bulimia] a bit more. 

‘It is a really cruel disease. It’s one that’s not in our hands. It’s about control but you’re so out of control when you’re doing it.

‘For me, I think it’s positive for people to be able to see how gruelling and horrific it is.’ 

Serious: 'I found it really inspiring that they showed Princess Diana's eating disorder... People don't realise that it's as serious as it is' explained Nicola

Serious: ‘I found it really inspiring that they showed Princess Diana’s eating disorder… People don’t realise that it’s as serious as it is’ explained Nicola

Diana herself first revealed her battle with bulimia during her bombshell Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995.

The Crown star Emma Corrin recently revealed she asked scriptwriters to include scenes of Diana vomiting to portray the eating disorder in an ‘honest way.’   

She told Radio Times ‘I felt that if we were trying to depict bulimia in an honest way, we had to actually show it – otherwise it’s a disservice to anyone who has been through that. 

‘I don’t think we should shy away from those conversations; Diana was very candid about her experience with bulimia and I so admire that.’ 

 

Brave: Diana herself first revealed her battle with bulimia during her bombshell Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995

Brave: Diana herself first revealed her battle with bulimia during her bombshell Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995

In June, Nicola detailed her struggle with controlling her eating disorder while in lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis.

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star spoke candidly with new! magazine  about her battle with bulimia and anorexia, which she has struggled with since the age of 11.

Explaining how difficult she’s found it, the mother-of-two admitted: ‘A lot of people have been relapsing, because it’s been so tough. It’s the first time in my life that it’s been completely out of my control.’ 

Candid: In June, the mother-of-two detailed her struggle with controlling her eating disorder while in lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis

Candid: In June, the mother-of-two detailed her struggle with controlling her eating disorder while in lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis 

Nicola said panic buyers clearing the shelves at the start of lockdown ‘threw a lot of [her] normality’ as it meant she couldn’t get the food she needed for her set diet.

WHAT IS ANOREXIA?

Anorexia is a serious mental illness where a person restricts their food intake, which often causes them to be severely underweight.

Many also exercise excessively.

Some sufferers may experience periods of bingeing, followed by purging. 

Sufferers often have a distorted view of themselves and think they are larger than they really are.

Untreated, patients can suffer loss of muscle and bone strength, as well as depression, low libido and menstruation ceasing in women.

In severe cases, patients can experience heart problems and organ damage.

Behavioural signs of anorexia include people saying they have already eaten or will do later, as well as counting calories, missing meals, hiding food and eating slowly.

As well as weight loss, sufferers may experience insomnia, constipation, bloating, feeling cold, hair loss, and swelling of the hands, face and feet.

Treatment focuses on therapy and self-help groups to encourage healthy eating and coping mechanisms.

Source: Beat Eating Disorders

As a result Nicola has found herself limiting her food intake and has lost weight, she admitted: ‘You hear a lot of people say ‘If you can’t buy that, just buy this.’ 

‘But if I could control how I feel do you think I would have lived like this for this many years?! It was the fear of eating things I wouldn’t normally eat.’ 

Saying it is a ‘control thing’, Nicola claimed the pandemic has led her to feel ‘out of control’ because she has to rely on another person to get her food. 

Nicola added that while she has been able to fight her anorexia following the birth of her son Striker, who she shares with husband Tom Williams, she still struggles with bulimia which becomes her ‘go-to’ when she’s stressed.

She went on to call lockdown ‘really tricky’ as she doesn’t deal well with change, and because of this she is also concerned of what will happen when the public are allowed to come out of lockdown.  

In May, Nicola claimed she was sexually abused by her masseuse while recovering from an £18,000 cosmetic procedure at her family home.

The mother-of-two was advised to book lymphatic drainage massages after having five litres of fat removed following liposuction and a boob job in 2019.

But Nicola, who lives in Buckinghamshire with retired footballer husband Tom and their two children, has since told The Sun her male masseuse overstepped the mark, leading to a spike in her anxiety and the return of an eating disorder.

Arriving on June 13th while Tom was away on business in the United States, Nicola said he immediately commented on her husband’s absence from the family home.

And the hour-long session took another unexpected turn when he asked the glamour model, who had been left bedridden and reliant on iron supplements following her latest cosmetic procedure, if he could massage her legs. 

She explained: ‘I wasn’t really very with it so I said it was OK. I was lying on my front and he started massaging my inner thighs and then he kept going up.

Ordeal: Nicola claimed she was sexually abused by her masseuse in May, while recovering from an £18,000 cosmetic procedure at her family home

Ordeal: Nicola claimed she was sexually abused by her masseuse in May, while recovering from an £18,000 cosmetic procedure at her family home

‘I was utterly petrified. I was in the house on my own and I was completely helpless. I was searching through my mind as to whether there were any heavy objects in the room but I was just so weak.’ 

Known for her feisty, outspoken nature, Nicola says she wasn’t strong enough to fend off the masseuse, whose inappropriate actions lasted ‘for 15-minutes.’ 

As soon as he left she ‘bolted the doors’ and immediately called her husband, who admitted he felt ‘horrendous’ for leaving her at home alone. 

If you have been affected by this story you can call BEAT at 0808 801 0677 

Traumatic: Nicola, who lives in Buckinghamshire with retired footballer husband Tom and their two children Rocky and Striker, says her male masseuse overstepped the mark (pictured in 2017)

Traumatic: Nicola, who lives in Buckinghamshire with retired footballer husband Tom and their two children Rocky and Striker, says her male masseuse overstepped the mark (pictured in 2017) 

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