The actress admits the pressure to stay slender has been difficult
MARTINE McCutcheon has launched an attack on body-shamers, describing their behaviour as “weird and creepy”.
Martine, 41, has battled with her own size over the years and has admitted the pressure to stay slender while in the public eye has been difficult.
Now a mum-of-one, the former EastEnders star insists she is finally happy with her figure but has slammed those who criticise other people’s body shapes.
Speaking out, Martine said: “In this industry when being a size six is the norm, it’s a lot of pressure. Luckily – at my age – there’s no pressure to be supermodel-perfect.
“I think it’s demeaning to grade women by their weight.
“I can’t believe that in this day and age we’re so demeaning – you wouldn’t judge someone for the colour of their skin or their accent.
“I find body shaming really weird and creepy.”
Martine has recently slimmed down herself, losing one stone using the Cambridge Weight Plan, and has returned to showbiz with a new album, Lost & Found.
But behind the scenes, she has battled hard against both M.E. and Lyme disease.
Speaking to Round & About magazine, Martine said at her worst she even struggled to make a cup of tea.
She admitted: “It’s been a lot of work, slowly but surely I’ve built myself up.
“At one point it was an achievement to get myself to the kitchen to make a cup of tea and go back to bed without feeling like I was going to collapse.
“I was literally that difficult. I was very depressed.”
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Meanwhile, Martine – who is a regular panellist on ITV1’s Loose Women – confirmed that she no longer watches EastEnders.
Despite finding fame in the BBC One soap playing Tiffany Mitchell, she added: “It’s a bit like a busman’s holiday because you know how it works, you know the mechanics and it’s a different time.”