John Whaite of Strictly shares battle with bulimia after being criticized by the gay community for being a ‘muscle Mary’

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John Whaite of Strictly hit back at members of the gay community who called him a “muscle Mary” because of his body transformation.

The 32-year-old who made Strictly Come Dancing history as one half of the first same-sex male couple with his dance partner Johannes Radebe, has grown significantly more muscular since he rose to fame as a winner of The Great British Bake Off. in 2002.

But the Wigan boss said online trolls have tried to put him down because of his change in appearance since he started training.

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As someone with bulimic eating disorder, who has also struggled with body dysmorphia since childhood, he called out those who made mean comments saying exercise helps keep things under control .



John with his dance partner Johannes in Strictly

He said: “Since I started training I have received so many messages from members of the gay community telling me how disappointed they were that I had become ‘another muscular Mary’.

“I don’t train so I can post pictures of myself on Instagram. I don’t train because I feel like having a muscular figure makes me a better person.

“I exercise because I’m bulimic and have struggled with body dysmorphia since I was a little boy.

“Going to the gym is my way of keeping things under control. It makes me feel like I have a little hold on the rudder of my life.

“I also listen to classical music while working out, so it gives me some time to get away from this very busy world that we all share.”

John added, “But please, if you’re going to post platitudinal screenshots of kindness and caring, please put that into practice.



John won Bake Off in 2002

“You don’t know what one of us is going through.

“If you feel the urge to comment on someone else’s life, direct that energy inward and focus on yourself. It will make you a better person.”



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John had previously opened up about his battle with bulimia when he appeared on Channel Four’s Steph’s Packed Lunch last year.

He revealed that he had only come to terms with his eating disorder for a year and a half and that it had been difficult to overcome.

He said: “My body image growing up was very difficult… I was so aware of being fat.

“But one thing that I was aware of as being problematic for 12, 14 years was overeating and then purging.

“Forcing the food down, then this instant urge to get that out of me.” “

He added, “If I was making a batch of muffins and something was wrong with my life that day, or around that time, I would sit there and eat all 12 muffins, then run to the bathroom.” and I would make myself sick.

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