Frankie Bridge has taken to Instagram to express her shock and sadness at being unknowingly photographed while on holiday in Miami. Shots of the ex-Saturdays star in a bikini, enjoying private time with her husband, Wayne Bridge, and her sister, Tor, and brother-in-law, surfaced on the internet on Monday and the mum-of-two has spoken out.
Uploading a photograph of herself when she was pregnant with her second son, Chester, alongside an old shot of her while she was performing in the band, she wrote: "Let’s talk about body image..! As you probably know from the InstaSpam – I’m in Miami for my 30th, I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time and this morning, I woke to messages from friends telling me my body was all over the internet. Whether you wanted to see me in a bikini or not, you can now see me (at all angles) by the pool, with my family on holiday."
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She continued: "I had ZERO idea the pictures were being taken, which I completely appreciate is part and parcel of the gig. I was honestly devastated to learn that these pictures had been taken of me whilst I was enjoying time with my family, so much so I couldn’t even bring myself to look at the shots. The pictures of everyone on Instagram, looking posed and beautiful are exactly that, posed!! No one is really 'photo ready' in a bikini and I hadn’t realised I needed to be conscious of what I looked like at that moment. It’s important to talk about my relationship with my body because hopefully, it will help someone else who’s in a similar situation to how I’ve felt and often feel about my body. Whilst I am proud of who I am and that my body was able to bring Carter and Parker into this world… it’s still something I don’t feel confident about."
She finished: "I still stress about my body and how my body looks, it’s easy to compare others and it is a massive contributing factor to my mental health. When I was pregnant for the first time that was when I realised I had suffered from an eating disorder in the past, having no control over what my body did during pregnancy was hard for me.The list is endless; weight loss, weight gain, saggy skin, stretch marks. Mums I know you get me! I still HATE the thought of going on holiday – what to wear, how to wear a bikini. Like a lot of women, I’d love to lose some weight, tone up here or there, eat less carbs, not have that glass of alcohol but I am me, the proud mummy to Parker and Carter. I know for a fact that no matter how toned, how thin I am that I will never be able to see myself the way that others do. I look back at pictures (pic 2) and long for ‘that’ body, knowing that ‘then’, I wasn’t happy either. So, here’s to accepting ourselves for who we are and finding a way to be happy with it."
Fans were quick to praise the 30-year-old for her bravery and generosity in letting others know that even seemingly perfect looking celebrities struggle with body image too. One summed it up by saying: "How eloquent a post and such a positive attitude to promote to our young women well done."