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Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has opened up about his battle with bulimia ahead of his new documentary on BBC One.
Ahead of Freddie Flintoff: Living With Bulimia airing tonight, the 42 year old cricketer spoke to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain on Monday, 28 September.
Opening up on his secret eating disorder and creating a dual personality to cope, Freddie said: “I remember when I was young when I started playing professional cricket, and I was a shy and quite retiring young lad, and I don’t think that would have cut it in the world of professional sport.
"So, this Freddie character seemed to develop, where he seemed bullet proof, nothing is going to bother him, every time you walk out onto a field or into a situation, you have got it under control.
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"I developed that over a period of time, I suppose, just as a coping mechanism. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of fun as well. As I get older, I think I’m coming back into myself a little bit, more comfortable in my own skin. Probably more like Andrew, than Fred.”
On his bulimia, he revealed: “The stats of men suffering from eating disorders is high… I nearly asked for help in my early 20s.
"We had a dietician come in to speak to the team. I was at that point where I was about to say I have a problem here.
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"She signed off by saying that she worked with a lot of women… and she wouldn’t imagine there was anyone with an eating disorder in the room, because we were a group of lads, obviously.
"I didn’t feel like I could speak or say anything. Being a bloke, 6ft 4 and from Preston, I’m not meant to have an eating disorder by rights. So, you keep it hidden away and you don’t want to speak about it.
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“I’m 42 now, I’m still not 100 per cent sure how comfortable I am with the documentary tonight going out and the reaction there will be towards it. But I suppose I’m more comfortable in my skin these days.”
On the documentary, he added: “As it unravelled we spoke to some amazing people, some lads who had been through it… I started to learn a hell of a lot more about myself and how I deal with this.”
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