It’s been a tough couple of years for Lexi Thompson, both on and off the golf course.
In March 2017, the 23-year-old American found herself at the centre of a rules scandal that cost her victory in the opening major of the season, the ANA Inspiration while, at the opposite end of the season, she missed a short putt to win the CME Group Tour Championship.
Off the course, meanwhile, it was revealed in June 2017 that her mother, Judy, had been diagnosed with uterine cancer, for which she has been undergoing treatment, while in September 2017, her grandmother passed away.
Recent events led Thompson to, in July this year, she was taking a break from golf to “recharge” her “mental batteries”.
In a statement at the time, Thompson said: “The events of the past year and a half (on and off the golf course) have taken a tremendous toll on me both mentally and emotionally. I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time.”
Yesterday evening, Thompson then opened up on body image struggles she has been having. She said she’d spend time comparing herself to ‘stick thin’ or fitness models on Instagram and, due to being in the public eye, it affected her confidence.
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So this is a pretty personal post and some people might think it’s stupid or that I’m crazy but I’m going to share it anyway.... one of the biggest issues I’ve gone through is my self image/ body confidence. When I was really young, I just ate what I wanted to, didn’t care about fitness at all or what I weighed. Then as I slowly got into fitness seeing the results, I started getting crazy about it, seeing the attention I was getting, doing certain photo shoots I never thought I would. I was putting my body through brutal workouts twice a day not really eating because I thought that’s the way I would lose weight and weighing myself constantly. I would compare my self to these stick thin or fitness models on Instagram, tearing myself down because I didn’t have the toned stomach or the big butt. As a girl I know body confidence is a huge part of life and what we all go through. You think you’ll be happy once you get this certain body? But will you really be? Maybe more confident and by doing it the right way is how u need to go about it. The only way you’ll ever be truly happy though is if you love yourself first. But what I want to share is that your not alone in any of your struggles. And what I’ve learned is that I’m not going to deprive myself in the one life I get to live, I’m going to enjoy life and my food . You should never compare your body to others it’s a never ending battle of being miserable trust me. Your body is your body, it is beautiful so embrace it ❤️
Speaking to bunkered.co.uk earlier this week, Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster said she has been in touch with Thompson a lot recently and sympathised with her struggles on and off the golf course.
“She’s played a lot of competitive golf and I think sometimes you just reach a point where enough’s enough,” she said.
“I think, you know, her mom having cancer and the rulings, I think she just needed to get away from it. She’s got a passion for working out and she’s trying to get back to enjoying the game again.
“I think she’s just trying to figure out ‘what does Lexi Thompson want to do?’