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Sunday 22 October 2017

Majella to tell all about cancer, marriage split and depression

MAJELLA O'Donnell will tell of her marriage break-up, fighting depression and breast cancer in her autobiography to be published next month.

It's All In The Head: My Story, charts the story of a wide-eyed, music-loving child growing up in Tipperary with "dreams of a future full of hope and excitement".

However, the 54-year old wife of Donegal singer Daniel reveals how these dreams were shattered by the break-up of her first marriage and her ensuing battle with severe depression that left her contemplating suicide.

The book will be released on October 9 by UK publishers Simon & Schuster. It will go head-to-head, in autobiography season, with her sister-in-law Margo O'Donnell's book Margo Queen of Country & Irish: The Promise and the Dream which is released on September 22.

However, fans of the two women have already indicated that they are pre-ordering both books online.

The outspoken mother of two's "empowering" new memoir will also detail her famous Late Late Show moment, in September 2013, when she had her hair shaved off live (right) on national TV.

The charity event raised a phenomenal €600,000 to help the Irish Cancer Society.

Declaration "It was a public declaration from a private woman, a statement of enormous courage in her fight against breast cancer," say her publishers.

The book also tells how after the break-up of her first marriage, and with her confidence and self-esteem at a low ebb, Majella decided to take charge of her life and make a fresh start.

"Destiny lent a hand" when she met and fell in love with world-famous crooner Daniel in Tenerife. Their marriage in 2002 brought "immense happiness and fulfilment" until tragedy struck with her devastating breast cancer diagnosis.

Majella's publishers promise readers a compelling story about "a woman who has learned about life the hard way, but who, with the love and support of her family, husband Daniel and the public by her side" has "come through with a force of character and a deep-seated determination".

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