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Florence Welch discusses life before she was sober, overcoming eating disorder

‘I look back with nostalgia and terror’: Florence Welch discusses life before she was sober, overcoming her eating disorder and brands social media her ‘personalised shame hole’

She’s one of the most successful female recording artist and Florence Welsh has discussed sobriety, her eating disorder and her battle with social media. 

Talking to VOGUE, the 32-year-old discussed her life before she was sober, saying: ‘I tend to look back on that time with a mix of nostalgia and terror.

‘There’s a part of me that is in awe of that girl, her total disregard for self-preservation, how she could run at the world headfirst, eyes closed, with no care for the consequences.

'I look back with nostalgia and terror': Florence Welch discussed  life before she was sober, overcoming her eating disorder and branded social media her 'personalised shame hole'

‘I look back with nostalgia and terror’: Florence Welch discussed  life before she was sober, overcoming her eating disorder and branded social media her ‘personalised shame hole’

‘But I also want to hold her in my arms, say, “It’s OK, you’re OK, you can come down now. You’ve been screaming at the top of that tree for a bit too long”.’

Florence also bravely spoke about overcoming her eating disorder, saying: ‘I haven’t weighed myself in four years – I have no idea how much I weigh right now. 

‘Five years ago, I could have told you how much in the morning, at night, clothes on, clothes off. With and without jewellery. 

Brave: Florence bravely spoke about overcoming her eating disorder, saying: 'I haven’t weighed myself in four years - I have no idea how much I weigh right now

Brave: Florence bravely spoke about overcoming her eating disorder, saying: ‘I haven’t weighed myself in four years – I have no idea how much I weigh right now

Truthful: Despite how far she has come, the superstar admitted she still has bouts of insecurity and social media appears to make that worse

Truthful: Despite how far she has come, the superstar admitted she still has bouts of insecurity and social media appears to make that worse

‘To let go of that sometimes feels like a bigger achievement than headlining Glastonbury.’  

However, despite how far she has come, the superstar admitted she still has bouts of insecurity and social media appears to make that worse. 

She said: ‘I can still come off stage with a crowd applauding and go back to sit alone in my room, scrolling through my phone until I’ve found enough things to make me really unhappy. 

Out now: Read the full interview in the July issue of VOGUE

Out now: Read the full interview in the July issue of VOGUE 

”Although I love social media as a way of connecting, it’s also a handy tool for digging your own personalised shame hole.’

While Florence appears to have a great life now, she often wonders if her former self would consider her ‘mundane.’ 

She said: ‘I wonder if my young self would be horrified at my Friday nights now: eating pasta and watching TV with someone who is nice to me. 

‘Would she think me mundane?…  I’m no longer sure about the rock ‘n’ roll behaviour often expected of artists. 

‘Too many talented people have died, and the world feels too fragile to be swigging champagne and flicking the finger at it.’

Read the full interview in the July issue of VOGUE 

 

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