‘I feel happier in myself than I have in years!’ Aston Merrygold shows off body transformation in before and after snaps after getting into the ‘worst shape he’s ever been in’
Aston Merrygold showed off his impressive body transformation on Sunday after revealing he had gotten into the ‘worst shape he’s ever been in’.
The JLS singer, 33, took to Instagram to share candid before and after snaps as he marked the half way point of a gruelling 12-week exercise regime and strict diet.
He looked incredible in the second snap as he showed off his rippling abs and toned frame while posing for the camera.
Wow! Aston Merrygold showed off his impressive body transformation on Sunday after revealing he had gotten into the ‘worst shape he’s ever been in’
In the caption he penned how he was suffering with low confidence and felt sluggish and tired as well as struggling to even lift up his kids due to his poor fitness levels.
He wrote: ‘A few months ago I had got myself in the worst shape I’ve EVER been in! Confidence was low, I felt sluggish, tired, useless and was unhappy ever time I looked in a mirror…
‘And the worst part was I had severe ligament damage to my shoulder which left me in daily pain! It was easy to let excuse after excuse stop me from changing it.. but one morning I woke up and just HAD to change it!’
Honest: The JLS singer, 33, took to Instagram to share candid before (pictured) and after snaps as he marked the half way point of a gruelling 12-week exercise regime and strict diet
Fit: He looked incredible in the second snap as he showed off his rippling abs and toned frame while posing for the camera
He went on to explain how he took action: ‘I started a 12 week programme which I’ve been going hard for 6 weeks.. Eating clean and training as hard as I can (shoulder is still ropey, but we move) and I’m feeling strong, more confident and happier within myself than I have in years!
‘I rarely show any side other than confidence being someone that came into the entertainment industry at a young age.. having thick skin was always easy for me.. but looking at my kids on a daily basis and getting to the point I was struggling to even lift them was killing me!!! So I made a promise to myself I will NEVER let that happen!
He signed off by saying: ‘I’m focused and waking up everyday thankful, blessed and wanting to be a better version of myself than the day before! So big up everybody that is hustling, working, fighting and striving to be better.’
Upset: In the caption he penned how he was suffering with low confidence and felt sluggish and tired as well as struggling to even lift up his kids due to his poor fitness levels
Liam, 27, previously cited the ‘toxic and difficult’ environment of being in the boyband for being a detriment on this mental health.
However, Aston who also found fame in a band, JLS, called out the claims, saying that it ‘comes with the job, you sign away your privacy’ and that Liam should have understood that fame comes with a price.
Liam previously revealed that he had difficulty adjusting to the lifestyle and had a hard time being locked up in hotel rooms while on tour.
‘You sign away your privacy’: It comes after earlier this month Aston blasted Liam Payne for blaming his mental health issues on being in One Direction; pictured in 2021
Both singers found fame on the X-Factor, and Aston told The Sun that there were other reasons why the band were not allowed out and it may have had something to do with safety, with fans bombarding hotels.
He said: ‘You are your own boss. It’s not that you were not allowed to do something. He was in the biggest band on the planet and there were thousands of people outside the hotel. So it was probably a safety thing.’
Aston continued: ‘It comes with the job. You sign away your privacy. I think you should expect everything, expect it all and say, “This is what I want to work for”.
‘If you don’t want any of those things then you should not start it because it (the downside) does come and when it does come there are going to be bits that you don’t like.’
Hard times: Liam previously cited the ‘toxic and difficult’ environment of being in the world’s biggest boyband was detrimental on this mental health; pictured in July 2021
MailOnline has contacted Liam’s representatives for comment.
JLS – formed of Aston, Oritsé Williams, Marvin Humes, and JB Gill – appeared on The X Factor in 2008 and finished as runners-up
Meanwhile, the members of One Direction – Liam, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik – were joined together on the talent show two years later and finished in third place.
Despite not winning the show, the boys were catapulted to fame and ended up becoming one of the best-selling boy bands of all time before they split in 2015, with all five members going on to pursue solo music careers.
Liam has spoken openly in the past about his own struggles with mental health, revealing he battled suicidal thoughts after finding fame, and saying he went through a ‘pills and alcohol phase’ when he was in the band.
‘For some certain circumstances I’m quite lucky to be here still,’ he told Sky One’s Straight Talking with Ant Middleton.
‘There are times when that level of loneliness and people getting into you every day, it’s like, “When will this end?” That’s almost nearly killed me a couple of times.’
Meanwhile, JLS are set to release new music and it was revealed that they signed a new record deal earlier this year, eight years after their split.
The boyband revealed they’ve already got several singles lined up for fans in 2021.
Speaking about their exciting comeback plans in an interview with The Sun, Marvin explained that after their reunion tour was postponed amid the pandemic the band were able to get ‘writing and recording’.
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Work: JLS – formed of Aston, Marvin Humes, Oritsé Williams a nd JB Gill – appeared on The X Factor in 2008 and finished as runners-up (pictured in 2020)