In her new book, Me Life Story: Sofa So Good, Gogglebox star and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner Scarlett Moffatt opens up about a series of health struggles she faced as a child.
Scarlett’s admission comes days after she opened up about her battle with anxiety, which she says is triggered when she meets her fans.
At 11 years old, Scarlett was battling Bell’s palsy – a condition which temporarily leaves one side of the face paralysed – so the doctors wanted to test her for leukaemia.
In an extract from her new book, obtained by The Mirror, the TV presenter recalls: “The doctor said to me: ‘If you can take your socks and shoes off, Miss Scarlett O’Hara, I just need to explain something to your parents about why we need to do some blood tests. It’s nothing to be scared of, it will only feel like a scratch.’
“‘We need to do these tests as, on rare occasions, Bell’s palsy can be an early manifestation of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.”
Scarlett, 26, then reveals that her parents broke down in tears, as her dad had recovered from a rare form of skin cancer just four years before.
Scarlett’s body confident in a figure hugging outfit [RF/ Coleman-Rayner]
She continues: “So the thought of his little girl having tests for that awful C-word – cancer – was heartbreaking. My dad picked up my sock, held it to his eye and started to cry…
“But only three hours or so later, the doctor came back in to tell us amazing news: ‘Your daughter is fit and healthy – other than the unfortunate case of Bell’s palsy, of course. I’m going to give her strong steroids and it should have cleared within three months’.”
Scarlett’s Bell’s palsy was thought to be triggered by the trauma of when she was knocked off of her bike by a car, leaving her two front teeth shattered.
The now-reality TV star couldn’t get veneers until she was 18-21, so she says she didn’t smile for ten years and was frequently targeted by bullies over her looks.
The Geordie beauty’s admission comes after she opened up about her battle with anxiety.
The I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner says she has become so conscious of her celebrity status that she feels she must meet public demands and expectations.
Admitting she is her ”own worst enemy” the 26 year old made the heart-breaking confession that stardom is taking its toll on her.