Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards recalls breaking down on stage during secret cancer battle

Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards recalls breaking down on stage during secret cancer battle

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Brenda Edwards has candidly recalled the heartbreaking moment she broke down while on stage during her cancer battle.

Loose Women star Brenda was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2015, as she took part in the stage production of Hairspray.

The brave TV star told the cast and crew of her stage three diagnosis, but kept her battle away from the public eye.

Now, after five years of being cancer free Brenda, who recently shared her heartbreak over the death of her aunt, has opened up on the battle.

Brenda, who plays Motormouth Maybelle in the stage production of Hairspray, candidly recalled a time when her emotions overwhelmed her as she performed the number I Know Where I've Been on stage.

The actress and singer revealed she wasn't the only one on stage who became emotional, as the whole cast were in tears, too.

Speaking on Martin and Roman's Weekend Best, Brenda revealed she was in the middle of her solo performance and "the cast all started crying".

Loose Women star Brenda continued: "Tracey Turnblad, she was holding my hand an in tears and I was like: 'Babe, I can't sing and cry you need to stop this, please stop it!'


"From the key change there was no singing because I was in tears. And the first four or five rows, they're in tears and I'm sure they think, 'Wow this is really good acting' because nobody knew, I hadn't said anything about it yet.

"The cast knew but it was nice to get a standing ovation from your peers."

The actress and singer revealed the solo is now "quite poignant" for her because of that memory.

Roman then asked: "How are you now?" To which Brenda proudly said: "I'm fine, this is my fifth year being cancer free, so…"

Brenda's revelation was met with applause from the studio. The star also revealed she is set to reprise her role with Hairspray following the pandemic.

The Loose Women star revealed her cancer battle in candid chats on the ITV daytime show.

Earlier this year, Brenda opened up on how her health battle sparked a struggle with her mental health.

She said: "I've been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

"The amount of grief I've had from the age of four, since my parents died, and going through the cancer, there's always time to talk and always time to listen."

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Brenda was forced to go through the traumatic health battle without her parents, who tragically died in a car accident when the TV star was a young child.

She went to close friends for support as added: "I started to open up when I got my diagnosis.

"I found a friend and it's just that question – 'Are you alright?'

"It just opened up the floodgates, I started crying, I explained to him what was going on and we're now really good friends."

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