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Saturday 21 October 2017

Michelle Heaton dreads telling daughter Faith (3) about deadly gene

Michelle Heaton attends the UK Gala screening of
Michelle Heaton attends the UK Gala screening of "Rio 2" at Vue West End
Michelle Heaton and husband Hugh Hanley with children Faith (2) and Aaron Jay (AJ)

SINGER Michelle Heaton is dreading the time when she has to tell her daughter Faith that she has a 50pc chance of inheriting a deadly gene which means she would be at risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

The former Liberty X star said that her family were fully supportive of her own decision to have a double mastectomy and then a hysterectomy.

Michelle (35), who is married to Irish businessman Hugh Hanley, opted for the surgery after she discovered that she has the BRCA2 gene in 2012. This means she is at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Both of her breasts were removed and she went on to have a hysterectomy last year.

"At the time there was a lot of recovery involved so it was obviously a very stressful time for my husband and my mum," she said.

"They were all there for me and we supported each other together throughout the process."

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Michelle Heaton and husband Hugh Hanley with children Faith (2) and Aaron Jay (AJ)

Now Michelle said she knows she will have to relive the ordeal when explaining to her toddler daughter Faith (3) that she may also inherit the mutated gene.

"It is something that I will have to revisit when she is older," Michelle.

"When she is more aware of it and aware of her body as a young woman, that is when I'll explain it to her."

Record

On Sunday mum-of-two Michelle and her little girl joined 498 others at Chessington World of Adventures Resort to break the Guinness World Record for the number of people dressed as penguins.

"Chessington's is one of our favourite places," the star said. "It was a great day to spend Mother's Day with my loved ones."

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