We know her as the ever-bubbly, punky presenter and now, a passionate foodie, but Fearne Cotton has revealed that she struggled with bulimia for over 10 years.

Sharing her story in a recent podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, Cotton said that she battled the condition during her twenties, when her fame was growing at lightning speed. She said that she no longer struggles with it, or the fear of speaking out. 

Yesterday, she took to Instagram to share more. Thanking those who messaged her after the podcast, she wrote: "It feels perhaps slightly odd that I haven't addressed the situation on my own channels. Maybe I’m still a little scared to talk about it openly. Yet I am getting there."

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Saying that it was a "big relief" to share her story, she explained: "I had some wonderful times in my twenties but I also had a lot of stuff to figure out and sometimes the strangeness of my job and pressure I was under felt too much."

Cotton rose to prominence at the young age of 15, starting on The Disney Club, before a stunning career saw her become the first female regular presenter on BBC's Radio 1 Chart Show with Reggie Yates, a long tenure on Celebrity Juice and many other programmes. 

"It's still very new to mention it at all, even to my mates let alone publicly but I believe it can only do good as hopefully I can offer up solace and hope for others who have been through the same."

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She wrote that part of moving on from that period was dedicating herself to health and looking after her body, by lowering her stress where possible. This is no doubt summed up in the title of her cookbook, Happy Vegan

"As I hurtle towards 40 I feel much more balanced in myself and how I perceive life. I don't feel ashamed anymore, or alone as so many of you have reached out to me as well as some dear friends who I had no idea had been through the same.

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"It’s early days for me discussing this one but I’ve got a lot more to say."

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can contact Bodywhys at Bodywhys.ie, phone their helpline on 1890 200 444 or email alex@bodywhys.ie.