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I’m A Celebrity’s James McVey reveals he battled with an eating disorder

He's had a hard time in the past

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star James McVey has opened up on his past struggles with an eating disorder.

The 24-year-old The Vamps guitarist bravely admitted he used to have an unhealthy relationship with food.

James in the jungle
James opened up about his past (Credit: ITV)

Before the show, he told The Mirror: “Fans always send me pictures from years ago and I’m stick thin and I didn’t realise back then just how thin I was.

“I was ill and I looked ill. I’m happy that now I’ve come full circle and see food as positive. I don’t want to belittle other people who have anorexia but I think it’s definitely had a negative relationship with food in those early days.

“It’s now about building muscle and getting leaner. You need to eat more of the good things.”

James in the bands' earlier days
James in the band in 2013 (Credit: Wenn)

He says before his issues developed he was “pretty overweight” as a young kid and began to eat less around the age of 12.

James as a youngster
James as a young teen (Credit: @jamesmcvey Instagram)

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Eating conditions are certainly tough in the I’m A Celebrity… camp. James and his campmates have mainly been surviving on a basic diet of rice and beans for the last ten days.

It’s been reported that the celebrities have lost a massive four stone between them.

James and Noel in camp
Campmates have had to mainly live on rations (Credit: ITV/Wenn)

The musician has had the pressures of fame from a young age.

He joined pop band The Vamps in 2011, when he was just 18.

James and the rest of The Vamps
James and his bandmates (Credit: Wenn)

He is currently in a relationship with model Kirstie Brittain, who has been super supportive of his time in the jungle.

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