Louisa Johnson details her crippling struggle with anxiety which left her ...

She shot to fame when she won the X Factor back in 2015, becoming the show's youngest-ever winner at age 17.

And Louisa Johnson has spoken candidly about her struggle with anxiety and the perils of social media during an interview on Wednesday's episode of Lorraine.

The So Good songstress, 21,  admitted anxiety had left her feeling 'useless' at times  and now she wanted to show her real life on social media in a bid to do away with a perfect image shown on Instagram.

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Brave: Louisa Johnson has spoken candidly about her struggle with anxiety and the perils of social media during an interview on Wednesday's episode of Lorraine

Brave: Louisa Johnson has spoken candidly about her struggle with anxiety and the perils of social media during an interview on Wednesday's episode of Lorraine

Candid: The So Good songstress, 21, admitted anxiety had left her feeling 'useless' at times and now she wanted to show her real life on social media in a bid to do away with a perfect image shown on Instagram

Candid: The So Good songstress, 21, admitted anxiety had left her feeling 'useless' at times and now she wanted to show her real life on social media in a bid to do away with a perfect image shown on Instagram

She said: 'I've always had anxiety and felt a bit low, but there comes a point where it's, "ok I don't feel low anymore I just feel a bit useless" and I think social media does play a big part in that because you are always looking at who liked your picture.  

'Even me, I do it, I look through the bad comments all the time. There was a point where I'd stopped because I was confident in myself. 

'When that confidence drops it's like, "ok I need to go back and try and validate who I am" and "do people like me anymore?" It gets hard. 

'You should know that within yourself, you shouldn't really need other people to tell you you are loved.'

She said: 'I've always had anxiety and felt a bit low, but there comes a point where it's,

She said: 'I've always had anxiety and felt a bit low, but there comes a point where it's, "ok I don't feel low anymore I just feel a bit useless" and I think social media does play a big part in thaT'

The star said she was committed to posting about her normal life on Instagram to show fans the positives and negatives - and does not use photo-editing apps on her snaps.

She said: 'I'm using whatever I can to show it's normal to feel sad, have a fat day, have a spot too! I compare myself all the time, it never stops. We should try and make people aware of what they're doing so we can help the situation.

'No one wants to post an ugly picture of them crying. You don't want to portray a perfect life, and I've started to show people my weaknesses, we're all human. 

'I'm writing a lot in the studio with people and when I feel really fragile, I don't want to talk to a stranger about my low points. 

'There's a good side and a bad side with social media. I love Instagram, but you need to use it in the right way.' 

Brave:  She added: 'You should know that within yourself, you shouldn't really need other people to tell you you are loved'

Brave:  She added: 'You should know that within yourself, you shouldn't really need other people to tell you you are loved'

Louisa is making a return to the spotlight with her upcoming performance at Children with Cancer UK's fundraising event, SummerChime, in London's Chiswick House on

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