Charlotte Church has admitted her stepdad keeps telling her to stop talking about his terminal illness in interviews.
The 35-year-old singer – whose stepdad James has been helping out on her renovation project Charlotte Church’s Dream Build – gave a positive update on his health three years after he was diagnosed with AL amyloidosis.
The rare condition is caused when caused when someone’s antibody-producing cells aren’t properly functioning, and it can impact kidneys, the heart, peripheral nervous system, blood, lungs, skin and more.
Asked about James’ health on Monday’s episode of This Morning, she said: ‘He’s constantly like, “Will you stop talking about it on telly!” But he’s amazing. He’s absolutely phenomenal.’
Charlotte admitted she intends to keep talking about it where possible, to raise awareness to something which – as noted by Myeloma UK – sees ‘approximately 500 – 600 people diagnosed in the UK each year’.
‘It’s a really tricky disease, it’s quite rare, not a lot of people know about it. I do always try and bring a bit of awareness to what he’s going through,’ she added.
And she revealed her stepdad is ‘willing himself on’ while making sure to live his life ‘to the full’.
She said: ‘But he just absolutely wonderful and miraculous and has a serious will to survive and a fighting spirit. So he is willing himself on and doing marvelously, living life to the full.’
At the time James was diagnosed in 2019, Charlotte admitted she was terrified by the idea of losing him.
She told Hello! magazine: ‘It’s absolutely terrifying the idea of not having him around. I rely on him for so much, he’s my buddy.’
Meanwhile, elsewhere during her chat on This Morning, Charlotte admitted she doesn’t think she’s changed that much from her early years of fame, and she suggested she’s simply showing more layers to herself.
I suppose all of us as human beings, we’re like onions, aren’t we? We’re constantly discovering,’ she said.
‘And the way I’ve been thinking about it recently actually, is those little hermit crabs in their shells… Find a bigger shell! That’s the analogy I’m going with!’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV. Charlotte Church’s Dream Build is on Really and Discovery+ on Tuesdays.
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