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Anita Rani's autobiography The Right Sort of Girl explores her experience of self-harming as a teenager, and she has revealed the journey which brought her to putting it into the book.
The Countryfile and Woman's Hour presenter — who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 — spoke to Kate Thornton on the White Wine Question Time podcast about what drove her to write the book during lockdown.
She explained that she wanted to write it to give a voice to the women in her family, and told Thornton that writing about her experience of self-harming as a teenager had taken her back to something she had 'put in a box, in a dark pit somewhere'.
WATCH: Anita Rani opens up about overcoming her experiences of self harm
She said: "When I wrote, all this book just sort of came out of my fingertips. I just sat down to write and it all just came out of me.
"I had tears in my eyes when I was writing it. And I came downstairs and read it to my husband. And he went: 'That is really powerful. And you should leave it in.'
"It didn't cross my mind that I was explaining self-harm. It's just like, this is what I felt.
"It really took me back to being a teenager, to that experience. Something that I've put in a box in the dark pit somewhere. And I've never thought about.
"And it's not something that I've ever done since then. I cannot honestly remember why I stopped. Maybe I felt shame. Maybe something shifted at home. I have no idea why I stopped. But it was certainly something I did."
She also opened up to Thornton on some of the reasons behind her self-harming.
Rani said it came from "just complete loss and loneliness and sadness. Being a teenager is difficult. Oh my god, it's horrendous, and even if you are from the most perfect family.
"But you know, everybody's life is difficult. And mine just had added complications. And I felt like I couldn't go anywhere or express myself to anybody.
"As the eldest daughter in an Asian family. I took everything on my own shoulders, and I learned to adapt myself, to read a room, to understand what the adults were feeling and thinking.
"Because if anything is going to go at any minute, you don't know which way it's going to go. You learn from a very young age what's required of you. 'I need to make this person happy. Okay, I need to do this,' and it's never about you. [You're] constantly looking after other people.
"I don't even think this is just about being an Asian woman. I think anybody who has grown up in any family where they felt that [would get it]."
Rani also spoke about the gratitude she feels towards those who have read the book.
She said: "Anybody who takes the time to read a book that somebody has [written], or appreciate something that someone's done, and put some time and effort into is like, amazing.
"Every time I meet someone who's read my book, every interview I've done, I feel like: 'Oh, thanks, that means a lot.'
"Just you reading the book means a lot. Don't tell me if you hated it! Just don't tell me but thanks for reading."
She continued: "I think it is time to — lots of people are sharing their stories. And I felt like I had a story that was a little bit different, that might shed some light and help some people. And you know, just talking about things that I have never said."
Anyone affected by the issues raised in this story can read more get support on the Mind website.
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