The Single Wives star Sheridan Buchanan-Sorensen may appear rather confident on the reality dating show, but the single mother says she’s battled low self-esteem and anxiety for many years.
Speaking to Be, the 42-year-old says her struggles go as far back as her early twenties, when she would stop herself from eating as she was “petrified of looking fat”.
“I just didn’t eat,” she explains, referring to an occasion which involved posing in lingerie for a women’s magazine 18 years ago.
“Back then [oh] god, I think I was 20 or 21. When I got asked to do that shoot, my first thought was, ‘How many kilos can I drop before Saturday?’”
“I just drank water,” she says.
“I had dinner with family the night before and I just ate greek salad because I was petrified of looking fat which is so ridiculous.”
Sheridan says her low self-esteem lingered for years until very recently, but for different reasons.
“It doesn’t matter what age you are,” she says. “My self-esteem and the way I thought about myself was rock bottom before this show.”
“I just viewed myself as just the ugliest, the fattest person in the world because of what my ex-husband has done.”
The reality star says she and her ex-husband split in mid 2017, but she had seen the cracks in their relationship 12 months earlier “because of my husband’s behavior that he was caught out on”.
“He was emotionally unfaithful,” explains the single mum. “I took that as a failure in me.”
Sheridan credits her experience on The Single Wives for helping her overcome some of her personal demons.
“This show got me past that,” she admits. “The biggest thing I’ve learnt is really I have to let people in.”
The Single Wives continues tonight at 7:30pm on Channel Seven.
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