Anastacia 'scared' of revealing breast cancer scars on Strictly

Anastacia stars in Strictly Come Dancing 2016
Anastacia (Image credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment)

The US singer has admitted she's afraid of wearing costumes that will reveal the scarring she has from radical breast cancer surgeries...

Anastacia has admitted she's 'scared' of wearing costumes that might reveal the scars on her body when she competes in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The 47-year-old US singer was treated for breast cancer in 2003 and underwent a double mastectomy when the disease returned 10 years later.

Anastacia – who will be donating her fee from Strictly Come Dancing to a breast cancer charity – told What’s on TV: “Because of the radical surgeries that I’ve had, I have a lot of scars on my back, so the costumes are gonna be challenging.

"I'm open to the possibility of maybe showing them on the show but there’s no guarantee because I'm still very scared of that."

The I'm Outta Love singer went on: "All of us women that go through [breast cancer], we all have our own little fears and definitely my fear is to ever let anyone see the scars on my back.

“But it's a possibility that this show will give me the courage to do just that. I’m hoping that, because I’m rooting for women with breast cancer, they will root for me and give me courage spiritually to find that in myself."

Anastacia is one of 15 celebrities, including EastEnders' actress Tameka Empson, Birds of a Feather's Lesley Joseph and BBC Sport presenter Ore Oduba, taking part in this year's Strictly.

Anastacia and Ore Oduba

Anastacia and Ore on the red carpet

Anastacia signed up for Strictly after performing on its special Blackpool show last year.

"That was our first date and it all happened after that," she joked. "It was like one kiss and now we’re done, we’re getting married!"

On Saturday night, all 15 celebrities will be paired up with their professional dance partners.

Strictly Come Dancing: The Launch is on Saturday September 3 at 6.50pm on BBC1.

Victoria Wilson
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With over 20 years’ experience writing about TV and film, Vicky currently writes features for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week magazines plus news and watching guides for, a job which involves chatting to a whole host of famous faces. Our Vicky LOVES light entertainment, with Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice UK among her fave shows. Basically, if it’s got a shiny floor, she’s all over it! When she’s not watching TV, you might find Vicky in therapy… retail therapy that is!