Katie’s fairy-tale fat fight helped her child­hood am­bi­tion come true...

Pick Me Up! Special - - Real Life Harrowing - Katie Smith, 30, Ply­mouth, Devon

From the minute I first clapped eyes on Ariel in The Lit­tle Mer­maid, I’ve wanted to be a Dis­ney princess. I was 4 and my nan, Kath, had taken me to the cinema.

I don’t think I’ve stopped singing the sound­track since!

I’ve al­ways loved singing… sign­ing up for ev­ery school play, driv­ing my mum and dad nuts with my con­stant war­bling.

‘I’m go­ing to be a Dis­ney princess one day,’ I’d tell my mum, Deb­bie.

I didn’t have the princess dresses my friends had grow­ing up. Money was tight.

But when I got older, my par­ents splashed out on singing lessons for me.

De­ter­mined to work in theatre, I quit my aca­demic sub­jects at sixth-form col­lege in favour of a BTEC in Per­form­ing Arts.

My par­ents were dis­ap­pointed but, af­ter see­ing me play Cin­derella, they came round. Mum saw it three times! When I fin­ished my course, my dreams of play­ing a fairy princess on the big stage fell by the way­side.

I was 18 and re­bel­lious. I got a job as a care worker and fo­cused on go­ing out with my mates in­stead.

It wasn’t un­til I was 20 and I met Alex, 30, that I re­dis­cov­ered my love of singing.

Alex en­cour­aged me to join a theatre group, and I even won £1,000 in a karaoke con­test!

But that’s as far as it went – and a few years later I fell preg­nant with my first child, Amelia.

I loved my daugh­ter, but I felt hope­less.

Con­vinced I was a ter­ri­ble mum, I fell into a deep de­pres­sion.

Worst of all, Alex was work­ing away for weeks on end as a drum­mer in a band. I started com­fort eat­ing. I’d stuff my­self with bis­cuits, choco­late and crisps.

My size 8 clothes got tighter and tighter, and I started wear­ing loose-fit­ting trousers.

When Amelia was 3 months, I


I’d piled on weight

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