“Throughout my 20s, I had bulimia. Even when I’d recovered from it, I had a distant relationship with food,” the former Spice Girl, now known as Geri Horner, explains in an new interview with You magazine.
Horner, now 43, has since recovered from the eating disorder and she credits motherhood and baking as two sources of salvation.
“I wanted to be a healthy example for my daughter, so I tried to have balance. But to bake properly and celebrate cake rather than run from it was such a landmark for me,” she says.
“The creativity of baking something is like writing a song; it’s a mood-changer.”
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Horner showcased her love of baking in a recent celebrity fundraising version on The Great British Bake-off, which she won.
This isn’t the first time the singer has spoken of her experience with bulimia. In a previous interview with The Mirror, she further explained why the birth of her daughter Bluebell was a turning point in her recovery.
“There are other things to worry about and being a mum has definitely shifted the focus. I don’t have time to exercise for two or three hours a day and I have to choose whether I go and work out for hours or I go and play with my daughter,” she told the publication.
Horner also explained why she hasn’t kept her battle with the illness a secret.