Lindsay Ell has been making country music for years – but she has opened up about a recent health crisis that could put her life in danger. The 33-year-old singer from Nashville, Tennessee, has come forward to share with her friends and followers on Instagram how she has been coping with a battle with an eating disorder. In her viral Instagram post about the condition, Ell wrote, “It’s something I have been living in denial of for the better part of 20 years,” although she was only just diagnosed with the condition a few weeks ago.
Her post read as follows: “I was on a podcast last week, and I shared something that I felt like I should share with all of you because that’s what we do here.
“I got diagnosed with an eating disorder a few weeks ago and have come to terms with that. It’s something I have been living in denial of for the better part of 20 years. I always told myself that an eating disorder would look like “that kind of body” and that there was no way I could have one because I didn’t look like that. I told myself that the way I was living was fine because it was just part of my career…
“But it got to the point where it felt like it was taking over my life, and I no longer had control over what I ate or didn’t eat in the shadows. I got really good at pretending that everything was okay out in public, but at home, I was shriveling up.
“I know that eating disorders are flags of the need for deeper work, and I would love to share my journey as I go through my recovery. I have no idea what that fully looks like, but I’m figuring it out day by day. If you wanna hear the podcast I did last week, check out the latest epi of @offthevinepodcast.
“I’m telling you all this because I know that it is the stories I hear that inspire me to be a better person. I hope that sharing this and my journey as I go along it will inspire you to be honest with yourself – with what you’re feeling and what you’re going through. Regardless of what that may be. Sometimes it’s so easy to take care of everyone else but yourself. Hopefully, you won’t need to live 20 years feeling something that you never deal with.
“So, this is where I’m at. With my hand on my heart… And hopefully, I can take you along the road as I learn.”
In a conversation with Kaitlyn Bristowe on her podcast Off The Vine, Ell explained how she hit “a whole new kind of rock bottom.”
She said, “I was finally like, I can’t fight this alone. I can’t do this by myself. Food became this thing that was like a drug, which I was abusing and not eating and eating, and it was just like this relationship that was no longer a healthy thing.”
What do you think about Lindsay Ell’s struggles with the eating disorder?