Mr King, 36, who starred in The Only Way is Essex until 2013, told MPs how he “felt pressure to look a certain way” following the backlash his posts received online (pictured today).
Former The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Charlie King has revealed how a botched nose job sent him into ‘the depths of despair’.
The 36-year-old, who starred in the ITV reality show until 2013, revealed to MPs today about his battle with body dysmorphia.
Mr King said how he “felt pressure to look a certain way” based on the reactions his posts received online.
The influencer, who now models his own clothing brand, claimed he became ‘obsessed’ with his nose, which was broken when he was 18, during the lockdown.
Mr King, who dated reality star Gemma Collins in 2012 before coming out as gay in 2014, added: “The surgeon agreed, ‘we can make it better’.
‘And with my nature as a person, I was like “I’ve got the confirmation I need, let’s do it.”
However, he revealed that the July 2021 nose job on London’s Harley Street “didn’t go to plan”.
He was left with a scar, a collapsed nostril and was told he would have to wait 12 months before he could be operated on again.
Mr King said: “Every day of my life in that waiting period before I had operation number two I just had to get on with it.
“And I went to the depths of my despair, that’s why now I had to move and live with my mum, I couldn’t earn money, I was depressed, I’m still not myself.”
He claimed he was left with an ‘obvious deformity’ that would need to be fixed ‘at some point’.
In a post on social media, he said the picture (post-surgery) showed the scar tissue in his nose was “out of control” and his nostrils and tip were “not right” or symmetrical.
WHAT IS BODY DYSMORPHIA?
Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about the flaws in their appearance.
These flaws are often imperceptible to others.
The disease, which mainly affects teenagers and young adults, is believed to affect 0.5 per cent of Britons, or one in 200 people.
Its symptoms include great concern about a certain area of the body – especially the face and comparing one’s appearance to others.
Sufferers may also look at or avoid mirrors a lot, spend a lot of time trying to hide imperfections, and pick at their skin to make it smooth.
These symptoms may improve without treatment. If mild, patients are usually referred for talk therapy.
Those with moderate symptoms may be offered therapy or an antidepressant.
Patients with the most severe body dysmorphia are usually given both therapy and antidepressants.
Mr King described his struggle with body dysmorphia when he spoke to an inquiry from the Health and Social Care Committee.
MPs are investigating the relationship between how people feel about their bodies and their physical and mental health to see if NHS services and government reports need to change.
They are also investigating whether people who experience negative body image are drawn to surgery and whether there is sufficient support and regulation to ensure patient safety.
In a March session, Vamps guitarist James Brittain-McVey described how his stint on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here made his anorexia worse.
Today, Mr King said: “I didn’t actually know I had body dysmorphia. I just thought I was a very self-critical person and I knew I was quite compulsive.
“I felt these pressures to look a certain way because I saw on social media when people reacted the most to me when I was wearing a top and a six pack.
“If I didn’t get this confirmation, I had to continue this constant struggle.
Body dysmorphia is an anxiety disorder that causes sufferers to have obsessive worries about their perceived flaws.
It is thought to affect 0.5 per cent of people in the UK, or one in 200 people, but is most likely to affect teenagers and young adults.
Mr King said his attention turned to his nose, which he broke two decades ago, during the lockdown when he was isolated and alone.
He previously shared on social media that he believed his nose was too large and lacked definition.
He told MPs: “It was something I became obsessed with. I need to change it, I need to fix it, I need to go to a plastic surgeon, so I did.
‘And the surgeon agreed, ‘we can make it better’. And with my nature as a person, I thought ‘I have the validation I need, let’s do it’.
The former reality star said: “I think when you walk into a surgeon’s office – I’ve always been told I’m quite a handsome guy, but it’s never been enough.
“And when I was sitting there, there was never any analysis of the previous history of what my mental health had been like in the past.
Mr King, 36, who starred in The Only Way is Essex until 2013 and dated reality star Gemma Collins (pictured before surgery) in 2012 before coming out as gay in 2014, told MPs how he “felt pressure to looked a certain way”. based on the reactions his posts received on the internet. The influencer, who has his own clothing brand, said he became “obsessed” with his nose, which was broken when he was 18, during the lockdown.
Mr King (pictured before surgery) said the procedure “didn’t go to plan”. He was left with a scar, a collapsed nostril and was told he would have to wait 12 months before he could be operated on again. Mr King said: “Every day of my life in that waiting period before I had operation number two I just had to get on with it. ‘And I went to the depths of my despair, that’s why now I had to move and live with my mum, I couldn’t earn money, I was depressed, I’m still not myself’
“Looking back now, if the surgeon had given me a different approach and really said ‘you don’t need this,’ or if it’s not medical or whatever, ‘we have to make sure you’re mentally prepared for it because this is a big test to change your face and it can have a big psychological impact” – better for some, worse for others.”
Mr King said his nose job “didn’t go to plan” and there was “nothing he could do about it”.
He said: ‘I had a scar there, a collapsed columella and the surgeon said ‘we’ll have to wait’.
“So every day of my life in that waiting period until I had surgery number two, I just had to get on with it.
Mr King added: “I had to live with it and there was no recourse other than ‘we’ll fix it within years of your recovery’.”
“That year is still one of the most challenging times of my life because I made a decision because I thought there was an improvement to be made.”
He called for a gap between consultations about plastic surgery procedures, with doctors providing mental health resources, before Britons “spend thousands of pounds on something that may or may not give you the results you’re looking for”.
Mr King said plastic surgeons should put patients in touch with body dysmorphia charities.
Mr King said: “Body dysmorphia is an appearance disorder.
“Do you need to make sure that if you touch your nose for example, in my case it won’t be the start of something else because I’ve ever been really happy with my nose with my condition? Who knows?
“But now I have an obvious deformity that I’ll have to fix another time.