Freddie Flintoff Admits He's Found His 'Authentic' Self After Decades Of Body Image Woes

The cricketer and TV star says he's finally said goodbye to bulimia, addiction and negative body image...

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Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff has opened up about his life-long battle with body image, which he says has been plaguing him with insecurities for 38-years! 

The ex-professional cricketer and TV personality said it has taken him "38 years to be happy" in his own skin because of the pressures faced by men to look a certain way. 

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This isn't the first time Freddie has been honest about his body, health or mental health. He has previously opened up about his experience of bulimia, alcohol addiction and a tense relationship with exercise and body-building. 

He told the Telegraph: "Younger lads are striving towards perfection, it happens, there are a lot of pressures now with magazines and runways - you are meant to look a certain way.

"I was one of those lads - it has taken me 38 years to be happy. I now realise that I am never going to be chiseled, no matter how hard I work." 

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We think it's amazing the Freddie is willing to talk about his feelings and body image - what a good way of showing others that it is okay to talk about these issues open and honestly. 

The star and father-of-three is now the face of plus-sized fashion retailer Jacamo, which provides clothes for tall and larger chaps. 

Freddie also admits he would rather have a "dadbod" and be happy and healthy, rather than worrying all the time about what he eats. You know what they say, everything in moderation! 

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In an interview with The Huffington Post UK, Freddie said the best advice he's ever been given can be summarised in just six words... 

"Just be authentic. Just be yourself.”

If that's not a life lesson, we don't know what is! 

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