The brave star has overcome a lot

Michelle Heaton isn’t bothered by the scars on her body from multiple operations. And she’s right to be proud and confident about the way she looks.

The Liberty X star, 35, has had a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy due to the fact that she carries the BRCA2 gene, which gave her an 80% chance of developing breast cancer and a 30% chance of getting ovarian cancer.

She’s also had two Caesareans to have daughter Faith and son Aaron Jay and additionally underwent an op for an underlying heart condition, but it’s only made her feel more positive about her bod.

‘I’ve just learnt to accept my body and the way it is,’ says Michelle.

‘My scarring at the moment is like a dot-to-dot puzzle. But it’s my body, it’s been through a lot and I have two beautiful children as a result.’

Throughout it all Michelle Heaton has been very open about her struggles and last year praised Angelina Jolie for doing the same.

The Hollywood actress hit the headlines in May 2013 when she revealed that she’d had a double mastectomy after discovering she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer due to being a carrier of the BRCA1 gene.

‘It was amazing [that she spoke out], she’ll save lives,’ said Michelle Heaton.

‘I’d like to think I did a bit of that as well, but I’m not nearly as famous as Angelina, so people don’t really care that I did it first!

‘The bottom line is that speaking out will make people get checked and that ultimately saves lives.’

Former pop star Michelle – who had the surgery in November 2012 – was surprised by the mixed reaction she initially received for talking about the procedure.

‘At the beginning [some people disagreed with me speaking out], definitely,’ the mum-of-one confessed in 2013.

‘It was 50/50, there were so many positive articles but there were still some negative opinions about it – some people said I should have kept it to myself and my family, but the decision was taken out of my hands as the press found out.

‘I wanted to put the truth out there. I was worried people would think I had cancer, or that I was getting a boob job.’

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