BRAVE Michelle Heaton has opened up about her recent double mastectomy, describing it as "hell".
The former You're A Star judge has admitted that she struggled to get over the surgery, which saw her having both breasts removed and reconstructed.
She had the operation after discovering she had the BRAC2 gene, giving her an 80pc risk of breast cancer and a 30-40pc chance of ovarian cancer.
"For the first two or three days I didn't know where I was. It was hell -- it was a week of hell, I'm not going to lie," Michelle (32) said.
She's now looking forward to moving on with her life.
"If someone had told me how good I'd feel now I wouldn't have believed them and it has only been three weeks. So there is light at the end of the tunnel and any woman going through this or who is worried about the surgery -- you will be fine, you will be absolutely fine. It really is all worth it."