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Strictly 2021: John Whaite praised by fans as he opens up on his bulimia amid ‘disappointing’ comments on his ‘body shape’

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John took to Instagram this week to share a heartfelt message to fans (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing’s John Whaite has been labelled an ‘inspiration’ after opening up on his struggles with bulimia and for hitting back at trolls who’ve criticised his appearance.

John has taken Strictly by storm and is one of the favourites to win the series along with his partner Johannes Radebe.

But the star addressed some of the negative comments he’s received about his body in recent weeks, and bravely shared some insight on his experience with bulimia.

The former Great British Bake Off champion shared how he began a body transformation around 18 months ago, and regularly weight lifts and body builds.

He previously told PA: John told PA news agency: ‘I’m doing a bit more cardio I’ve done weightlifting now for years, and I’ve really got into bodybuilding in the past 18 months.

‘I’ve now started to incorporate more stretching and cardio into my routine, and I have been watching what I eat as I want to get more lean.’

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John has reportedly dazzled West End producers (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

But the Strictly contestant revealed the less kind side of his sharing his changing body as he continues to enjoy his workout regimes amid intense dance training.

Alongside a picture of himself from a recent Attitude Magazine shoot, he wrote: ‘Since I started working out I’ve had so many messages from members of the gay community telling me how disappointed they are with me for becoming “yet another muscle Mary”.

‘I don’t work out so I can post pictures of myself on Instagram. I don’t work out because I feel having a muscular body shape makes me a better person. I work out because I am bulimic and because I have struggled with body dysmorphia since I was a little boy.

‘Going to the gym is my way of keeping things under control. It allows me to feel like I have a small grip on the rudder of my life.’

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John was met with huge praise after sharing the post (Picture: BBC)

John recently explained some of his struggles with eating after he grew up with his mum and two sisters regularly following diet plans and would ‘cut carbs out.’

He told Attitude Magazine: ‘I am bulimic… I still struggle with that… I go through moments where it doesn’t affect me. [But] every single day is a battle with an eating disorder because it takes over how you see yourself in the mirror, it takes over how many times you feel you should go to the gym, what you can or can’t eat…’

Continuing his heartfelt caption on the Instagram post, John went on to share his love of classical music whilst working out before imploring fans to ‘be kind’ about what they post about stars.

‘You don’t know what any single one of us is going through. If you feel the need to comment on someone else’s life, direct that energy inwards and focus on yourself. It’ll make you a better person,’ he concluded.

John was flooded with love in the comments from various fans and famous friends who applauded him for speaking out.

Loose Women panellist Nadia Sawalha wrote: ‘Hear hear lovely man xxx,’ whilst Gaby Roslin added: ‘Love this my sweet.’

Strictly’s Nancy Xu responded with a stream of heart emojis, with fellow pro dancer Jowita Przystal writing: ‘Well said! You’re such an inspiration! Sending you lots of love.’

It comes just a couple of days after John was reportedly being eyed up for a stage role after his stint on Strictly has impressed far and wide.

A TV source told The Sun: ‘It’s not just his moves on Strictly that have caught the attention of directors, it’s also the charisma and confidence he’s shown as he finds himself in the spotlight.’

This weekend, John will be dancing the Viennese Waltz to Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins with his Johannes – but will the pair manage to make it through another to another week?

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.35pm on BBC One.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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