DANIEL O’DONNELL has asked fans to pray for his wife Majella after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In a post on the his website, Daniel wrote that his wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I’m sorry to inform you that Majella was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is undergoing treatment at present and as it was found in the early stages we are very hopeful of a full recovery.
“I know that many of you would like to send your good wishes to Majella but at this time we cannot deal with a lot of mail so we would ask you not to send cards or letters, all we need are your prayers to help us through this difficult time and we know we can rely on that.
An earlier statement from the couple had revealed that Majella O’Donnell was suffering from cancer.
“Daniel O’Donnell’s wife, Majella, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment,” the statement read.
“They are hopeful of a full recovery and are now respectfully appealing to the media to allow them their privacy.
“Daniel and Majella have no further comment to make at this time,” the statement concluded.
Majella, 53, is heavily involved in Daniel’s singing career and runs his personal website. They have made several personal appearances together throughout the years and often speak highly of one another in the press.
They appeared together on The Late Late Show in 2008, and she has also joined him on stage to duet on many occasions.
Majella has two children Siobhan, 22, and Michael, 25, from a previous marriage, and she has spoken candidly in the past about accepting that it “wasn’t meant to be” for her and Daniel to have children of their own.
We were both examined but there was no reason why we couldn't conceive, we were both fine. We reckoned it wasn't meant to be because for 10 years we used no protection at all.
"At the beginning, I wanted a child more for him because I thought he should experience fatherhood; but he doesn't feel he's missed anything.
"I'm glad the way it worked out really, I'm nearly 53. Can you imagine a 10-year-old running around the place? I just wouldn't have the energy. Thanks be to God – He was looking after us in his own way!"
And Mrs O’Donnell has spoken freely about overcoming her battle with depression after the collapse of her first marriage over a decade ago.
"I suppose I felt suicidal but I never thought I would go through with it,” she said. “Yes, I felt that I didn't want to go on any more, that I was fed up, that life had nothing to offer me but it never got to a stage where I thought I would leave a note, it was much more a case of struggling along."
"Unless you've had it, it's almost impossible to understand. Daniel is really good but he still doesn't have a clue what I'm going through. When you're down there, it's frightening. I always ask is it going to lift or is it going to last forever? Daniel just lets me to it and really that's what I want – though I know he's always there for me if I need him."