How easy is it to find fault with our appearance…to focus on our greying hair, our sagging jowls, our expanding waistline? It would be hard to find any woman (or man for that matter) who doesn’t think that musician and actress Natalie Imbruglia is absolutely stunning but in a recent interview with BalanceBDH she admitted what a struggle it has been for her to learn to love herself.
“I had terrible body issues from very young. I was a dancer from five years old to 16 and we got weighed. I don’t even think it was the teacher’s fault. When you are a perfectionist and you’re dancing and you grow up looking at yourself in the mirror…when you hit puberty your (body) lines change,” she said.
After years of dieting, she says she is finally letting go of her body image issues – but it has been a process.
“As you get older you just make peace with yourself and you realise the craziness of all of that wasted energy,” she said.
Natalie Jane Imbruglia is an Australian-British singer-songwriter, model and actress. In the early 1990s, she played Beth Brennan in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Three years after leaving the programme, she began a singing career with her hit cover of Ednaswap’s song “Torn”.
Her subsequent album, Left of the Middle (1997), sold 7 million copies worldwide. She co-starred in the 2003 film Johnny English and was leading actress in the 2009 film Closed for Winter.
On 3 December 2014, Imbruglia announced plans to release a newly recorded album of songs originally performed by male artists. The album, Male, her first since 2009’s Come To Life, was released in July 2015, and will be followed by an album of original material.