The Cheeky Girls “lost control” and “became anorexic” amid their rise to fame in 2002, Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia has revealed.Irimia, who became a star alongside her twin sister Monica during auditions for ITV’s Popstars: The Rivals, explained to The Guardian that both women struggled with their mental health and body image while promoting their track “The Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)”.
‘The line “Touch my bum, this is life” is about being yourself’ … Monica and Gabriela Irimia, AKA the Cheeky Girls, in 2002. Photograph: Tim Roney/Getty Images Gabriela Irimia, singerMe and my twin sister Monica had been invited to audition at the Royal Opera House when the show Popstars: The Rivals came along in 2002. If it wasn’t for that we could have ended up as classical ballerinas!We needed to sing something for our Popstars audition so my mum Margit wrote The Cheeky Song in half an hour.
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. “We would drink diet soft drinks all day and basically have a mushroom for lunch," Monica added.