Zayn Malik's self-titled book officially hit shelves today, and it is jam-packed with super personal stories that he has never revealed before. Last night, before the novel was released, Zayn announced to his fans that "there are things I address in the book that are very personal to me, things that I have never told anyone, things I still find hard to talk about."
He continued on to say, "The good news is today, I am inspired, I am healthy and I am grateful."
So what was he referring to? In his book, Zayn revealed that he had suffered from an eating disorder during his time in One Direction.
“When I look back at images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was. 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," Zayn wrote in his book.
Wow, it breaks our hearts that Zayn was dealing with this dangerous condition.
He went on to say, “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.”
An eating disorder wasn't the only struggle Zayn faced while being in the spotlight. In the book, Zayn talks about a time when his anxiety got the best of him before going on stage at the Capital Summertime Ball festival in London.
"One of my team members offered to write a statement saying that I’d been taken ill, but I didn’t want to do that," he said. "I was done with putting out statements that masked what was really going on. I wanted to tell the truth. Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of; it affects millions of people every day. I know I have fans out there who have been through this kind of thing, too, and I wanted to be honest for their sake, if nothing else."
Poor Zayn. We are very thankful that he is in a much better place now.
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If you or a friend need help finding treatment for an eating disorder, there are tons of helpful resources out there. A great place to start is nationaleatingdisorders.org.