Michelle Heaton has said that her breast implants may have ruptured 10 years after undergoing a double mastectomy, while opening up about having to go under the knife again and addressing some harsh comments that she received.
Taking to Instagram, 42-year-old Michelle explained that it was fans who raised concerns over her breast implants after seeing photos of her in a shoot with OK! Magazine.
Posting a glamorous photo from the magazine shoot on Instagram, Michelle could be seen sitting with her family by a large Christmas tree.
The Liberty X star wore a red dress with a plunging neckline to bare her skin to the cameras – which is how fans spotted the concerning symptom.
"So, I wasn’t going to say anything," she began in the caption, "but I’ve had so many comments on here and on @ok_mag Instagram and direct messages with people worried about my breast implants after seeing the video and photos in this weeks @ok_mag.
"Firstly thank you to those hundreds of comments drawing my attention to it."
Wanting to reassure people she said: "I’ve seen a doctor and yes it does look as if one or both my implants have ruptured.
"It’s coming up for 10 years since I had the double mastectomy – and reconstruction which, of course, I had cos I there was an 85% of getting breast cancer in my 30’s due to the BRCA gene I have."
She continued: "To be honest. I preach about self care and there I am, not even realising anything was wrong, as I’ve got no feeling in my breasts at all, but when we did the shoot, whilst looking at the photos, I could see something in their structure and appearance had changed.
"I later asked a friend to check them for me – and she said, you must go to the doctor, which I did straight away."
Michelle revealed that she's now on a waiting list to see a specialist, touching upon how busy the NHS is, saying: "The wonderful NHS doctors are incredibly busy right now of course so I wait my turn like everyone else.
"My GP did say, it does look like I’m going to have to have reconstruction soon, which of course means another operation. To which I’m obviously not looking forward to. But, I’m facing this one sober and I know I’ll come through it again stronger. I’m a fighter after all…"
She concluded: "At this time may I and the family ask some to be aware that any cruel comments I’ve read or may do, of my breasts, are not nice to read."
Back in 2012, Michelle discovered that she had a mutated BRCA2 gene – which meant that she had an increased risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
As a result of the shocking diagnosis, the singer and TV star decided to have a double mastectomy that same year, in order to cut her chances of getting breast cancer. Three years later, in 2015, she then opted for a hysterectomy and oophorectomy to prevent ovarian cancer.
Scottish sweetheart and TV host Lorraine Kelly said: "You look absolutely beautiful – and doing the right thing of course xxx."
While a fan took to the comments and said: "People still manage to shock me , I can’t understand passing rude remarks towards anyone who has been through so much…. Lots support being sent your way."
Another penned: "I am so pleased you got checked. You are doing the right thing sending love."
And someone else said: "Anybody – writing cruel messages to you, after all you have been through are pure evil. Ignore them. You are a far stronger and better being than they are."
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