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Linda Nolan 'traumatised' by losing her hair amid cancer battle

Linda Nolan has opened up on the trauma of losing her hair amid her cancer treatment credit:Bang Showbiz
Linda Nolan has opened up on the trauma of losing her hair amid her cancer treatment credit:Bang Showbiz

Linda Nolan was left "traumatised" after losing her hair during her cancer treatment.

The 64-year-old star was initially diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer in 2005 before overcoming it a year later, but in 2017 she was told that she had a form of incurable secondary cancer, which spread to her hip in 2020, and then to her brain last year and admitted that losing her blonde locks as a result of the chemotherapy was a "big deal" for her.

Speaking at the BOLD exhibition in Piccadilly Circus, London for World Cancer Day (04.02.24), she said: "I’ve always said I was traumatised when I lost my hair. It was such a big deal for me, but this exhibition really reminds us what’s important and that’s support and solidarity."

The BOLD exhibition featured photos by Caroline Sikkenk of women from around the world who have had to sacrifice their hair as they battle cancer and the artwork was also flashed up in Times Square in New York.

The 'I'm In the Mood For Dancing' singer had to travel from her hometown of Blackpool to be at the London event but insisted she "wouldn't have missed" the chance to stand with other women going through the same ordeal.

She said: "I wouldn’t miss it. It was amazing to be part of the exhibition with all the other women who have either lost their hair, or like me, are in stages of regrowth."

The former 'Celebrity Big Brother' contestant - who shot to fame alongside her sisters in the 1970s as part of The Nolans - added that she had a hairdresser friend come round to shave her head and immediately went for a drink afterwards as she insisted that despite well-wishes from others, she is internally screaming at the thought of having lost her hair.

She said: "[My friend] came round and just shaved it. Then I said, ‘Get me a cap, we’re going out for a drink! People say, ‘You look great. Inside I’m screaming, ‘I just don’t want to lose my hair again!’ I was devastated at losing it."