Tuesday 22 May 2018

'I fell into the most unbelievable depression' - Rebecca Storm on 'horrendous' ectopic pregnancy experience

Rebecca Storm at the Celebration of Light event.
Rebecca Storm at the Celebration of Light event.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Singer Rebecca Storm has spoken of the “unbelievable depression” she experienced after suffering an ectopic pregnancy.

Storm said she “nearly died” in 1994 when she had a 13-week unexpected ectopic pregnancy.

“It was horrendous,” she said about the experience. “I hadn’t been diagnosed. I was filming a TV show in Scotland and when I flew home I was in serious pain. I was rushed to hospital and operated on within an hour.

“Afterwards, I fell into the most unbelievable depression. I remember looking at myself in the mirror and thinking ‘I look like a corpse’.”

Storm believes talking about her experience has helped her deal with it.

“I think it’s helpful for people to know that, even though someone is on stage, it’s not always fun and games.”

Having spent the best part of three decades treading the boards of theatres and music halls around the world, Storm is an old-school showbiz trooper.

But the singer still suffers from the occasional bout of stage fright.

She will take to the National Concert Hall stage on October 28 to perform in Paul Harrington’s Irish Jukebox Heroes in aid of Haiti charity Haven.

Storm will perform a rendition of Prince’s song ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ on the night.

“Obviously, everyone thinks of Sinead O’Connor’s version, so it’s a hard act to follow,” she said. “Hopefully, people will like my version.”

Now in its second year, the event aims to raise funds for the charity Haven.  Other performers include Johnny Logan, Brian Kennedy, the Dublin Gospel Choir and Darren Holden from The High Kings.

Storm now teaches singing classes at her husband Kenny Shearer’s recording studio in Kildare.

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