Adele Roberts has spoken of how her fiancee, actress Kate Holderness, has been her rock (Picture: PA)
Adele Roberts has opened up on how her bowel cancer diagnosis has brought her closer together with fiancee Kate Holderness.
The 43-year-old BBC Radio 1 DJ revealed in October she was undergoing treatment for the disease, and later had a tumour removed through surgery.
She now uses a stoma bag, which attaches to her abdomen and collects her faeces, and has also been undergoing chemotherapy while awaiting the results from recent tests.
Speaking about the effect it’s had on her relationship, Adele – who met Kate in 2004 – revealed: ‘It sounds strange but it’s brought us closer than ever.
‘I’ve always loved Kate but since my diagnosis I’ve seen a different side to her. She’s my counsellor, my mentor and the best nurse ever.
‘She helped me when I could barely walk and had to shuffle into work at Radio 1. She’s my absolute hero.’
The pair met in 2004 (Picture: James Gourley/ITV/REX)
Kate said during an interview with Hello!: ‘I’ve always been a timid person but Adele’s illness has unleashed a strength in me I never knew I had.’
The I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! star received her diagnosis on October 1 2021 and, reflecting on that day, she said: ‘After a scan, the doctor broke the bad news. My first question was: “Am I going to die – and is it my fault?”
‘I felt bad for putting Kate and my family through that, but now I know that getting cancer is nobody’s fault, and that sadly it will happen to one in two of us.’
Kate revealed that she was ‘devastated’ to hear the diagnosis, but held back her tears out of fear Adele would think her partner didn’t believe she could beat the cancer. Instead, Kate said she ‘went into practical mode’ and noted down everything the doctor said.
Adele recently shared that her devastating cancer diagnosis has helped her to ‘appreciate’ her body more, saying she now feels ‘grateful’ that it works.
As she covered Women’s Health, Adele added to the magazine: ‘I feel like I love my body more than ever.’
The pair opened up on their first joint shoot and interview (Picture: PA)
She went on to say that she tries not to let it beat her mentally and she is thankful that ‘they found the tumour in time to remove it’ and ‘modern medicine’ means she can have a stoma – which she has named Audrey.
Adele recently had a scan which she is still awaiting the results for, and is keeping her fingers crossed that it will show she is cancer-free.
Read the full interview in Hello! magazine, out now.
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