PUBLISHED: 22:31, Mon, Sep 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:32, Mon, Sep 28, 2020
Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, 42, has opened up about hiding elements of his eating disorder from his wife Rachael Flintoff. The Top Gear presenter spoke about his battle with bulimia during BBC documentary Freddie Flintoff: Living with Bulimia.
The eating disorder is characterised by bingeing food and purging.
Freddie explained that although he told his other half the truth about his struggle with bulimia after they fell in love in 2003, he didn’t share the full “extent” of his problems with her.
He recalled: “By 2003 I was 25 and I’d become an established member of the England team while managing to keep my bulimia a secret from everyone.
“By then I’d met my future wife Rachael and fallen in love, so I decided to tell her the truth.
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Freddie Flintoff admits he 'lied' to wife Rachael about bulimia battle (Image: BBC•GETTY)
Freddie Flintoff said his wife 'didn't know the extent' of his eating disorder (Image: GETTY)
“I didn’t know what she’d think, embarrassment I suppose of telling someone.
“So I said, ‘I don’t know why I do it, but I do know why I do it because I don’t want to put weight on and I want to lose weight, but I can’t stop doing it. I make myself sick every time I eat.’”
The former England cricketer then explained: “She took it well, but she didn’t know the extent of it.
“After that I’d hide it, she asked me a few times and I lied a few times about how much I was doing it.
Freddie Flintoff opened up about his battle with bulimia (Image: BBC)