Former America’s Got Talent host Sharon Osbourne announced this week she had undergone a double mastectomy. While part of the reason for the radical surgery was because she tested positive for “the breast cancer gene”, The Talk host did not actually have breast cancer.

Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, previously battled colon cancer a decade ago, so when she discovered she had the so-called “breast cancer gene” (a mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene), she did not want to take any chances with having to fight cancer again.

“As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought, ‘The odds are not in my favor,’” Sharon Osbourne told Hello! magazine. “I decided to just take everything off … I didn’t even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way, I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time. It’s not ‘pity me,’ it’s a decision I that’s got rid of this weight that I was carrying around.”

In addition to the increased breast cancer risk, Sharon Osbourne also had other health concerns that contributed to the decision to undergo a double mastectomy. Osbourne had experience severe issues relating to her breast impants that were impacting her health in a serious way.

“One of them had burst, and all of it had gone into the wall of my stomach,” Osbourne said on The Talk Monday morning. “And one breast was different than the other.”

“I wasn’t diagnosed with cancer, but I had the gene and one of my breasts was in a really bad state because of the implant,” Osbourne said. The former America’s Got Talent host said she did undergo reconstructive surgery. However, she added that she has sworn off any future plastic surgery.

“No more, because I have been looking at pictures of myself recently since I started to lose weight,” Osbourne said on The Talk. “And in a lot of shots, my face looks plastic and at certain angles I was like, ‘Oh, dear. Oh, I should never have done that. Oh, that’s a bad one.’ So I’m like, ‘No more. No more abuse.’”

“Never have [implants] by the way,” Osbourne added.


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