TV star Michelle Heaton (33) will have both her breasts removed by the end of the month in a bid to fight her cancer gene, the Herald can reveal.
The former You're A Star judge, who's married to Dubliner Hugh Hanley, revealed how she decided to get the traumatic operation over before Christmas -- so she can start living her life again.
She posted a message about her double mastectomy, saying: "In roughly two weeks, I will have said 'bye bye' to my boobies. But one step closer to saying 'hello' to living without fear."
She has been inundated with messages of supports from her friends who are commending her bravery and her tough stance when it comes to her health battle. She has described the decision to have both breasts removed as a "no brainer".
Michelle discovered that she had the BRCA2 cancer gene four months ago and has now given her an 80pc chance of developing breast cancer.
She also has a 30pc risk of developing ovarian cancer and has decided to have her ovaries removed, but only after she has had another child. Michelle already has a baby with her hubby of two years, a girl named Faith who she gave birth to last January.
Last month saw the Newcastle mum appearing on the Late Late Show, where she broke down in tears during her interview with Ryan Tubridy as she recalled how the shocking news had affected her life.
Speaking about going on the show, she said: "Most of the time, I feel calm about deciding to have both my breasts removed, then an op to take my ovaries away in a few years. But sometimes, I get very emotional. I was asked to go on the Late Late Show in Dublin and I was fine -- but then suddenly, the tears came. Host Ryan was lovely, though, and I got myself back under control. The former Liberty X singer added how not a day goes past that she isn't worried about her future.