Michelle Heaton has thanked fans for noticing her misshapen breasts which led to her discovery her implants had ruptured.
The Liberty X star, 42, sought medical advice last month after magazine readers noticed a difference in her appearance, prompting them to message her online.
And the singer, who had a double mastectomy and reconstruction 10 years ago due an 85 per cent risk of getting breast cancer in her 30s due to the BRCA gene, admitted on Monday she’d experienced a ‘rollercoaster of emotions’ over the last week as she began the process of getting her implants removed.
Grateful: Michelle Heaton, 42, has thanked fans for noticing her misshapen breasts which led to her discovery her implants had ruptured as she plans to have them removed
She wrote on Instagram: ‘I am excited to be sharing a positive update on my reconstruction. As some know. It’s coming up 10 years since I had a double mastectomy and reconstruction which I had as there was an 85% of getting breast cancer in my 30s due to the BRCA2 gene I carry.
‘Last year eagle-eyed readers noticed my breasts appeared misshapen in a video that appeared on Instagram for a magazine shoot I appeared in, which prompted me to visit my GP.
‘They confirmed there was a serious risk my breast implants had ruptured.
Reaching out: The Liberty X star sought medical advice last month after magazine readers noticed a difference in her appearance, prompting them to message her online
‘Whilst waiting, I started to do my own research on private specialists. A close friend of mine recommended @sculpt_mybody who I contacted just for my own peace of mind…
‘Within a matter of days, they had me come in for a private ultrasound in Harley Street which confirmed my worst fears, implant rupture and therefore another operation.
‘The last few weeks have been a rollercoaster of emotions. But, my anxiety and fears have been lifted by the support of the girls from @sculpt_mybody.
Tough times: Michelle said ‘the last few weeks have been a rollercoaster of emotions’ but her ‘anxiety and fears have been lifted’
‘I’ll now be seeing one of Sculpt My Body’s specialists for consultation in Harley Street to discuss having the implants removed so can finally start looking forward to the future.
‘I cannot thank every single one of those comments enough, for drawing my attention to get this sorted.
‘Although I had suspected something, as I’ve not got any feeling in that area, I wasn’t as alarmed as I should have been.
Struggles: It comes after Michelle had a double mastectomy and reconstruction 10 years ago due an 85 per cent risk of getting breast cancer in her 30s due to the BRCA gene
‘I’ll keep you all updated. And continue to support our wonderful NHS, but at a time they are under tremendous pressure, I’m happy to be one less person they have to worry about.’
Michelle revealed in December that she was on a waiting list to see a specialist after her GP advised that she may need to have another reconstructive surgery, which she admitted she was ‘not looking forward to’.
Looking at the situation positively the star added that she was ‘facing this one sober’ and that she will ‘come through it again stronger’ amid her recovery from alcohol addiction.
Speaking out: The star shared some heartfelt words, thanking fans for their concern and detailing her next steps in December
Michelle revealed that a shoot with OK! Magazine with her family sparked concern among fans who reached out via social media.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘So, I wasn’t going to say anything 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. I just wanted to reassure people I’ve seen a doctor and yes it does look as if one or both my implants have ruptured.
Family affair: Michelle is being supported by husband Hugh Hanley, and their children Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven
‘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.
‘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.’
New leaf: Michelle has embraced a healthy, abstinence-based lifestyle after entering rehab to combat alcohol and substance abuse issues last April
Pained: The singer has been candid about her three year drink and drug hell, previously sharing a series of snaps from the height of her battle
Meanwhile, the pop star has embraced a healthy, abstinence-based lifestyle after entering rehab to combat alcohol and substance abuse issues last April.
Mother-of-two Michelle has said that her husband Hugh has influenced her healthy new gym regime.
A now tee-total Michelle says her craving for drink was so strong she became consumed by her own needs rather than those of her children Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven.
Looking good: Mother-of-two Michelle has said that her husband Hugh has influenced her healthy new gym regime
She told The Sun: ‘I would always promise myself this was the last time I was going to drink or use cocaine. But I’d wake up with the fear of it not being there and have to buy more vodka.
‘I’d manipulate friends into picking up the kids from school. I was selfish. I was exhausted.
‘I didn’t want to lie, but I had to because I needed alcohol. It was relentless.’
She was told she would die if she did not confront her problems, with her liver being on the verge of cirrhosis by the time she checked into rehab.
Power couple: Michelle and her husband posed for a photo while taking a break in their home gym during a recent workout