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But I really don’t know how people can keep up with the lie.” Speaking about her formerly regular use of botox, the 47-year-old said: “I went crazy for Botox in my 30s. But right after my divorce, I realised I needed to stop.” Perhaps it is not surprising Anastacia kept her real age a secret, given the allegations of sexism and ageism in the music and film industry.
Dubbed ‘the little lady with the big voice’, the 5ft 2in songstress has sold more than 30 million records globally and had five top ten albums in the UK (most notably her hugely successful debut album Not That Kind in 2000) The 47-year-old American singer, best known for belting out the tortured lyrics, in her growling mezzo voice, of hits such as ‘I’m Outta Love’ and ‘Left Outside Alone’, has the ability to make even breast cancer seem funny at times.
The tour she had planned to promote her previous album, It’s A Man’s World, was cancelled when she found out in February 2013 that her breast cancer had returned, ten years to the month from when she was first diagnosed with the disease.
Anastacia is, by all accounts (including her own), an impassioned performer.
I almost [had the mastectomy] the first time, but decided to wait and see if it came back. But you’ve got to move on,’ said Anastacia (pictured with her then husband Wayne Newton)She discovered her first lump when she was only 34 (as in, real age 34), when a doctor advised she have a mammogram before undergoing breast reduction surgery (which she sought because her large breasts were uncomfortable for her small frame, and she was self-conscious about the attention they received).
Though she speaks positively about it now, as the beginning of her rebirth, Anastacia’s surgery was ‘very invasive’, with tissue taken from the lateral muscles in her back to construct the new breasts. She is an ardent campaigner – through the Anastacia Fund she set up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation – for women under 40 to be screened and educated about the risks of non-genetic breast cancer.
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The second cancer was easier than the first, because I had all the information.As well as having breast cancer twice, she has suffered from the inflammatory disease Crohn’s since she was 12; was abandoned as a child by her Ukrainian father, now dead (the lyrics for ‘Left Outside Alone’ were inspired by his walking out, she tells me), and, in 2010, divorced her former bodyguard Wayne Newton, whom she was married to for three years.Yet the woman sitting in front of me in a modern bar overlooking Big Ben – she’s on a stopover in London during her Resurrection world tour – keeps telling me, in between cracking jokes, how blessed she feels.At the height of her career the singer was plagued by rumours she was older than she claimed. Rebel Wilson also mocked reporters who exposed her alleged real age, tweeting "I'm actually a 100-year-old mermaid".
According to the she would say she was 22 when she was 30-years-old. Another topic on which she is hilarious is her nose, which she saw clearly for the first time after having laser eye surgery (although she still wears non-prescription versions of her trademark glasses and is releasing her own line of specs with fashion label Blumarine in the spring). For anyone who appreciates music, 20 Feet From Stardom (the 2013 Morgan Neville documentary) is a fascinating insight into the talent of the backing vocalists so crucial to major artists and performances.