Sue Johnston, star of The Royle Family, has opened up about struggling with bulimia.
Appearing on Loose Women, Sue, 74, joined Christine Lampard, Nadia Sawalha, Anne Diamond and Jane Moore, and revealed that she had suffered the disease in her 30s.
“I often wonder why, I think it was pressure I never had enough confidence and I started being on telly and being recognised and I wanted to be thin and I don’t know why.
“I thought that to be thin was to be beautiful and I never thought of myself as beautiful so I thought if I was thin I’d be accepted and beautiful.”
She continued, “I didn’t know I was ill and I didn’t know [it was] bulimia.”
Explaining why she feels the disease had such a grip on her, she said, “I can remember the logic of thinking if I eat all that and throw it up – it sounds awful and I’m so full of shame about it – I thought I could eat and be thin and I was answering all my problems.”