Dyslexia is a hidden disability which has affected some of the most famous people in history, including Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, Muhammad Ali and Agatha Christie.
Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom and Richard Branson all have dyslexia and Jamie Oliver admitted he’d just finished reading his first book - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - at the age of 38.
Now The Saturdays' and Strictly star Mollie King has revealed on This Morning that she was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 10.
“I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was ten because I found reading really hard," said Mollie. "I felt like the words were moving on the page. When I was in The Saturdays we would be given the lyrics and I actually wouldn’t be able to read the lyrics quickly enough to sing them at that pace. So, I would have to learn the whole song by heart.”
Talking about being told she was dyslexic, she confessed: “I do remember feeling a huge sense of relief. Because I felt like I was just stupid because sometimes I read the words out in the wrong order. Mum definitely was such a huge support for me. She always used to read everything with me, all my homework, because it was the reading that took so long.
“I don’t think there was as much understanding as there is now.”
After visiting a school to see how children with dyslexia are treated today, she concluded: “Dyslexia has never held me back. It should never be an obstacle to success.”
It’s estimated that 10% of the population sit somewhere on the dyslexic spectrum, with around two million being severely affected, according to charity Dyslexia Action.
Dyslexia affects people in different ways, says Dyslexia Action.
As well as literacy, it can impact on things like the speed you process information, memory, verbal communication and time management, as well as literacy. And struggling with all this on a daily basis can result in low self-esteem.
If you never read for pleasure and have trouble remembering names and PIN numbers, you may have dyslexia.