Sharon Osbourne reveals she had a double mastectomy in the new issue of Hello! magazine.
The former “America’s Got Talent” judge tells the British mag that she made the decision to have surgery after discovering she has the BRCA gene.
Possessing the gene means a person has a substantially increased — but not guaranteed — chance of getting breast cancer.
In her Hello! interview, Osbourne, 60, opens up about deciding to “just take everything off,” even though she does not currently have breast cancer.
“As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought, ‘The odds are not in my favor,’” she tells the magazine.
Osbourne, who previously battled colon cancer, says that she “didn’t want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me.”
“It’s not a ‘pity me’ [situation],” says “The Talk” co-host, adding, “It’s a decision I made that’s got rid of this weight I was carrying around.”
The year has been full of mixed blessings for the Osbourne family, with the matriarch becoming a grandmother in April, and her son (and new father) Jack revealing he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just a few weeks later.
The family happily gathered in Hawaii last month for Jack’s wedding to Lisa Stelly.