Sharon Osbourne wasn’t taking any chances when it came to breast cancer after finding out she had a gene that made her predisposed to the disease that affects so many women.
“As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought, ‘The odds are not in my favor,’” Sharon, who fought colon cancer 10 years ago, told the U.K.‘s Hello! magazine.
“I’ve had cancer before and I didn’t want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy,” she continued.
The 60-year-old, who recently became a grandmother for the first time after son Jack welcomed daughter Pearl, underwent the surgery last summer.
“For me, it wasn’t a big decision, it was a no-brainer,” she told the mag. “I didn’t want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me. I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl.”
Adding, “I didn’t even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way, I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time. It’s not ‘pity me’, it’s a decision I made that’s got rid of this weight that I was carrying around.”
During the operation, Sharon also found out that her breast implants had leaked into her stomach wall, something that has caused her to put a stop to any more cosmetic work on her body.
“Sometimes I’ll see a photo and I’ll think, ‘My face looks plastic’; it can look so unnatural from certain angles,” Sharon said. “Now I am definitely, definitely done. You can’t buy your youth back, no matter how much money you’ve got I won’t be going under the knife again.”
-- Jesse Spero