Lucky Michelle Heaton has already received her dream Christmas gift

Michelle Heaton had a very special item on her Christmas list this year – and she’s already got it!

Saying the Liberty X singer has had a tough year is an understatement. Having undergone a hysterectomy in October as a preventative measure against ovarian cancer, Michelle has inspired many. So it’s no surprise that her husband Hugh Hanley made sure she got what she wanted this Christmas.

‘I’m going to let you in on a secret,’ says Michelle, 35. ‘It was a diamond necklace and I got it! Hugh gave it to me early, before my operation.

‘He did me proud. But at this age it’s all about the kids. You just give each other a Primark jumper and you’re happy!’

After her surgery Michelle Heaton is enjoying a cosy family Christmas with Hugh and their adorable daughter Faith, 2, and baby son AJ, who was born in February.

Faith totally understands Christmas now so it’s just an absolute pleasure,’ the mum-of-two says.

‘She gets that she’s going to have presents from Santa Claus. And it’s our first Christmas with our little man, AJ!’

Michelle clearly adores her kids and thinks AJ is already taking after Hugh.

‘He is [gorgeous!]’ she swoons. ‘He looks just like his daddy.’

Michelle Heaton has certainly been through a lot in the past few years.

As well as her recent hysterectomy, the singer had a double mastectomy and had breast reconstructive surgery in 2012 after discovering that she carried the BRCA2 gene, giving her an 85% chance of developing breast cancer.

Michelle has also become a mother, toured with Liberty X as part of The Big Reunion and released a pregnancy fitness DVD.

Despite her ups and downs, the star is still upbeat and feeling optimistic about the future.

‘I don’t want to dwell on what’s happened,’ she says. ‘I want to be a bit more positive about life rather than, “Oh, poor me!” I’m not that type of person.’

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Anna Francis