Cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch reveals she had a disastrous £6,000 gastric band which left her in agony and said cleaning helps with ‘crippling anxiety’


SHE’S the biggest name in cleaning who has an army of followers on Instagram thanks to her cheerful daily videos.

Although life looks perfect online, Mrs Hinch, 29, revealed insecurity over her weight led her to have a £6,000 gastric band fitted – which left her in agony needing emergency surgery.

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Cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch has revealed she had a gastric band to help her lose eight stone[/caption]

The Queen of Clean, whose real name is Sophie Hinchcliffe, told The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine how she piled on the pounds in her late teens.

She said after leaving home and passing her driving test, she’d regularly hop in the car to get takeaways at McDonald’s Drive-Thrus.

She said: “Before I knew it, I was eating for what felt like eating’s sake. I was getting pizzas and deliveries. I love food, even now.”

Mrs Hinch revealed that shopping became a struggle, and she wore baggy clothes as much as possible to “fit in”.


Mrs Hinch, whose real name is Sophie Hinchcliffe, shared this photo from when she was 18 and insecure about her weight[/caption]

She ended up hitting rock bottom when she couldn’t fit in a ride at a fairground and said: “It hit me… the stares, the way people look at you.”

Desperate to change the way she looked, the part-time hairdresser took out a loan for £6,000 and got the gastric band fitted at the age of 21– but it ended up being disastrous.

Two years after it was inserted, she was left in crippling pain after it slipped and ended up being lodged in her oesophagus.

Sophie revealed she was admitted to hospital and underwent an emergency operation to move it back up.

The cleaning whizz says the gastric band is still inside her, but is now unclipped so doesn’t work.

Sophie regrets having done it in the first place, and said: “The surgery works for some people. But for me, if I had known the complications and the risks, I wouldn’t have done it.”

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The Instagram cleaning sensation recently revealed her and husband Jamie are expecting a baby[/caption]

Although she did experience a dramatic eight-stone weight loss while the band was fitted correctly, she was left with excess skin on her arms, and had an operation in 2016 to remove it.

Matters got worse when she was left with an infection from the surgery and at one point feared she would lose her left arm – but thankfully antibiotics managed to get it under control.

She added: “Body shaming angers me, because even if you lose the weight you never forget the comments. I’m still not 100 per cent confident with my body but I’m getting there.”

Back in January, she shocked fans by revealing her dramatic weight loss as part of the 10 Year Challenge that was sweeping social media.


Sophie’s pristine home makes for a beautiful Instagram feed[/caption]

Many know her from Instagram as being both glamorous and channelling an Essex look with pencilled brows, manicured nails and voluminous locks.

But the decade-old image she used as the before shot revealed her with a more natural look when she was anxious about her weight at 19.

Alongside the images, she wrote: “The #10YearChallenge pics I’ve seen across social media must have taken a lot for some people to post.

“It’s not something I would EVER usually do, or have done. But I’ve realised there’s a really strong message behind them all.”

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Sophie bulk buys her cleaning products and her online success has seen numerous stores dedicate sections of their shop to her[/caption]

Sophie shot to fame last year, when she gained thousands of followers daily thanks to her “Hinching” cleaning tips.

She revealed that she started the account in March 2017 and saw it as a way to post photos of the home she had scraped to buy in 2016 with now-husband Jamie.

The couple have been together five years and met when they worked together in sales for a Central London job-search company.

Although she is an Instagram influencer now, she said she left her job with Jamie to train as a hairdresser, and saw the social media site as a “hobby”.


29-year-old Sophie has gained a huge following due to her love of cleaning[/caption]

Problems arose with her hairdressing career after her hereditary blood disorder meant she couldn’t stand up for hours due to an increased in developing blood clots – but thankfully her Instagramming took off.

Now she’s managed by a prominent talent agency who have helped her turn her page into a lucrative business venture, with brands paying for her to promote products.

She insists she not a “millionaire” from her Hinch page yet, and says that she doesn’t do it for the money.

Sophie revealed many people assume she has OCD thanks to her continual cleaning, but she insists this isn’t true.

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Sophie appeared on This Morning with Holly and Phil and is shocked by her new fame[/caption]

The social media star said she does have crippling anxiety, and cleaning can help her feel calm during attacks, but she always grew up as a messy child.

Although her account is dedicated to her Hinching, Mrs Hinch claims she does a “little bit” of cleaning each day – either from her checklist or 30-minute clean sessions.

Now she’s five months pregnant, she’s also keen to take it easy with the baby on the way, and revealed she has turned down TV offers recently.

When her little tot arrives in the Hinch household, Sophie said they will be encouraged to play outside and “roll in the dirt” and she “doesn’t have a fear of mess”.

She also claims that her Hinching isn’t just for women, and she has many male fans who like to spruce up their homes.

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