Thursday 19 July 2018

FKA twigs reveals she has been recovering from surgery for fibroid tumours

The normally private singer shared her news in a long post on Instagram.

FKA twigs arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at London's O2 Arena (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
FKA twigs arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at London's O2 Arena (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association Entertainment Editor

Singer FKA twigs has said her “confidence as a woman was knocked” following laparoscopic surgery to have six fibroid tumours removed from her uterus.

The 30-year-old musician, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, said she underwent the procedure in December.

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In a long Instagram post alongside a video of her pole dancing, she said she was a very private person and had not been sure whether she should share the news.

dear friends, I am a very private person as u all know and I have gone back and forth in my mind whether to share that this year I have been recovering from laparoscopic surgery to remove 6 fibroid tumours from my uterus. the tumours were pretty huge, the size of 2 cooking apples 🍎 🍎, 3 kiwis 🥝 🥝 🥝 and a couple of 🍓🍓. a fruit bowl of pain everyday. the nurse said that the weight and size was like being 6 months pregnant. I tried to be brave but it was excruciating at times and to be honest I started to doubt if my body would ever feel the same again. I had surgery in December and I was so scared, despite lots of love from friends and family I felt really alone and my confidence as a woman was knocked. but... today whilst dancing with Kelly at the choreography house I felt like my strong self again for the first time in a while and it was magical. thank you precious body for healing, thank you for reminding me to be kind to myself, you are a wonderful thing, now go create and be other once again <3 I know that a lot of women suffer from fibroid tumours and I just wanted to say after my experience that you are amazing warriors and that you are not alone. you can get through this. and with this I let go of the pain... love always twigs 🌱

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She revealed she has been recovering from the surgery, adding that the tumours removed were “pretty large”.

She wrote that they were “the size of 2 cooking apples, 3 kiwis and a couple of strawberries”.

“A fruit bowl of pain everyday. the nurse said that the weight and size was like being 6 months pregnant,” she said.

The NHS website describes fibroids as “non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus)”.

She continued: “I tried to be brave but it was excruciating at times and to be honest I started to doubt if my body would ever feel the same again.

“I had surgery in December and I was so scared, despite lots of love from friends and family I felt really alone and my confidence as a woman was knocked.

“but … today whilst dancing with Kelly at the choreography house I felt like my strong self again for the first time in a while and it was magical. thank you precious body for healing, thank you for reminding me to be kind to myself, you are a wonderful thing, now go create and be other once again.

“I know that a lot of women suffer from fibroid tumours and I just wanted to say after my experience that you are amazing warriors and that you are not alone. you can get through this.”

She ended her message writing: “and with this I let go of the pain … love always twigs”.

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