Michelle Heaton opens up about ‘immense guilt’ over son’s meningitis following mastectomy

Michelle Heaton

by Ruby Norris |
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Singer Michelle Heaton has spoken out about the 'immense guilt' she felt when her son was diagnosed with meningitis and how she blamed it on her mastectomy.

Michelle Heaton has opened up about feeling 'immense guilt' over her baby son's meningitis diagnosis, after convincing herself is illness was due to her not being able to breastfeed following her mastectomy.

Speaking to Stella magazine, Michelle has spoken out about her "lowest moment" following her son AJ's birth in 2014.

"The midwives placed him on my chest and he began to root for milk," Michelle explained.

"I felt awful because I couldn't feed him."

Michelle had opted for a preventative mastectomy after being told she had an 85% chance of developing breast cancer.

"Then at six weeks he got meningitis, which I convinced myself was due to a weakened immune system because I hadn't breastfed him."

Michelle Heaton

Michelle revealed the guilt was so immense and she suffered post-natal depression.

"I knew logically that I shouldn't feel guilty, but at the time I felt so hormonal and emotional after everything I had been though and still had to go through," she continued.

After learning she also had a 30% chance of ovarian cancer, Michelle then made the decision to have a hysterectomy, brining on the menopause at just 35 - something she admits left her with 'no confidence' and feeling 'extremely lonely'.

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