04/06/2013 08:36 BST

Cheeky Girls Reveal Eating Disorder: 'We Would Drink Soft Drinks All Day And Eat A Mushroom For Lunch'

The Cheeky Girls have revealed that the loss of control of their lives led them both to suffer from eating disorders.

Gabriela and Monica Irimia opened up to Lorraine Kelly on her morning show revealing that their condition got so bad that they didn't leave the house in case they came into contact with food.

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The Cheeky Girls

Gabriela told Lorraine: "It just happened just like that - we didn’t have control over our life at all, over our career, so what do you control the best? What you put in your mouth basically.

"This is what happened - we didn’t even realise it, we were just sick overnight.

"And after about four years I decided, this is it, I'm not going to stay between four walls, drinking only soft drink. We just didn’t want to go out because canapes would be served or anything like that.”

“We would drink diet soft drinks all day and basically have a mushroom for lunch," Monica added.

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The sisters also admitted that their illness also played havoc with their memories.

“Our memories are quite lost now," Monica admitted "Looking back at some pictures when we travelled all around the Far East and around Europe, I’m looking at the picture and saying to myself, ‘Did I actually go there?’

"I can’t remember because I had been sick at the time.”

And the girls said that the pressure to look good led them to spending £100,000 on nine breast augmentations between them.

“At the age of 19 we never really had an issue with our body," they said. "But the moment we started being pop stars and being in the glamour and being in the industry, it was a lot of pressure coming from everywhere so this was the first reason why we took some action.

"We thought it was going to make our career even better at the time.”


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