Michelle Mone likens being overweight to self-abuse and says past weight battle left her depressed

Michelle Mone EXCLUSIVE: ‘I was abusing myself‘ Lingerie tycoon likens being overweight to self-abuse as she reveals past battle with her size left her with depression

Michelle Mone has likened being overweight to self-abuse as she discussed her previous weight battle.

The lingerie tycoon, 48, told how she was ‘abusing myself‘ when she was at her heaviest, adding that her issue with her size left her feeling depressed.

In a candid new interview, Michelle admitted that her weight left her feeling at an all-time low, but the it was the support of her parents that helped her on her weight-loss journey.

In recent years, the star has shed eight stone and now wears a size 10.

However, it was a tough journey to get where she is now, with Michelle confessing that in 2012 following her divorce from her first husband Michael, the pounds continued to creep on and she developed depression. 

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, she said: ‘I was at my heaviest and had three children running around me and [I was] launching Ultimo around the world. I was getting bigger and bigger. 

‘I was abusing myself. I was on antidepressants from the doctor. It was awful.’ 

In her darkest hour, it was her parents Duncan, 70, and Isabel, 71, that made her see the light and realise she had to lose the weight ‘for yourself‘.

She explained: ‘My mum and dad used to be in tears. My dad wrote me heartfelt letters writing, “Please Michelle just do it for yourself I’m begging”.

While she said her mother begged: ‘Enough of this nonsense and feeling sorry for yourself, you’ll have more to feel sorry for if you can’t put food on the table for your kids so … make it work.’

The Scottish beauty went on to overhaul her lifestyle and dropped a whopping eight stone over the years.     

Meanwhile, Michelle recently revealed she used to plaster unflattering photos of herself around her kitchen to motivate her to . 

The entrepreneur told how she would stick up the snaps in order to try and stop herself from snacking after she previously reached a size 22.

Speaking to , she said: ‘Weight loss is all about your mindset. For many years I put pictures of myself that I didn’t like in the kitchen, it put me off snacking. 

‘I’ve finally got to know my body and feel amazing in skinny jeans. I just need to be careful I don’t put it all back on now I’m hanging around the house all day.‘

Michelle likened her body to a business, saying she would not destroy her business so why would she destroy her body? 

The businesswoman, who previously admitted posing for naked selfies to motivate her to lose the pounds, is now a size 10.       

Michelle admitted she was ‘devastated‘ to have to postpone her wedding to fiancé Doug Barrowman because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lady Mone, who was due to tie the knot this week, admitted she was not looking to get into a relationship when she first met billionaire Doug and was originally put off by how wealthy and powerful he is.    

She said: ‘We’d both invested in the same tech company and met at a dinner in 2016. I wasn’t ready for a relationship and said I wanted to just be friends. I was put off by how powerful and wealthy he was, because I’m independent.‘

However, Michelle was won over by Doug‘s ‘sense of fun‘ while she also credits their respective children for getting them together.  

The businesswoman and her other half had spent the last two years planning their special day, which will now take place in August, followed by a honeymoon to the far east. 

Michelle said she and Doug have been having virtual parties with their friends on Zoom amid lockdown.

The Ultimo founder explained that after 20 years of being burned out by work, she has finally got her work-life balance right. 

Michelle recently revealed that she has hit her target weight and branded herself ‘wedding ready‘ as she flaunted her slim size 10 frame on Instagram, after losing her final 11 pounds over the past few months. 

She celebrated her weight-loss on social media, admitting that it‘s taken her seven years to reach her goal and explaining how she shed the pounds.

Michelle uploaded a stunning – and very smiley – selfie, which displayed her trim frame down to her knees.  

Alongside the snap, she wrote: ‘After 7 years I‘ve finally made my target weight!! There is only one way to do it…eat less, eat healthy & work out 1 hour a day…

‘Finally lost my last 11ibs in the past few months. Size 10 & wedding ready‘ gushed the entrepreneur.

In 2017 the Glaswegian businesswoman revealed that she said she had lost more than half a stone since becoming a vegetarian

Michelle also previously revealed she underwent skin tightening with a celebrity cosmetic medic after shedding the pounds.

It comes after Michelle revealed she‘s been in secret talks to join Dragons‘ Den.

The underwear tycoon admitted she turned down appearing on the show several times, but hinted she would be open to appearing on the series to ‘inspire people‘ following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michelle became one of the UK‘s top businesswomen after founding underwear brand Ultimo in 1996, and is thought to be worth around £50 million.

Speaking to , Michelle said she had been approached to appear on Dragons‘ Den several times, and had turned it down despite numerous big money offers.

She said: ‘In the past, I‘ve been offered Dragons‘ Den and I‘ve turned it down due to business commitments.

‘But I just feel that after this whole coronavirus crisis is over, we need to be lifted up as individuals — we need to feel there is a real purpose in life and what we‘re going to do with our lives.

‘I might be open to something that might help to give people inspiration.‘

Dragons‘ Den sees budding entrepreneurs pitch their products to a panel of businessmen and women who are looking to invest their millions in return for a percentage of their business.

The current lineup consists of Peter Jones, 54, plus long-serving Deborah Meaden, 61, Sara Davies, 35, Tej Lalvani, 45, and Touker Suleyman, 66.


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