‘We want to be regular people’ — pop stars fighting chronic illness
6 February 2019
Fame and a perceived glamorous lifestyle can make pop stars the envy of their fans — but would that envy be as strong if people found out their favourite star was living with a chronic illness?
Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian was diagnosed with ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) while at university in 1990. Over the course of the subsequent three decades, he feels that little has changed in how the condition is treated, prompting him to write to the government about the issues he and his fellow ME sufferers face.
Murdoch spoke to Mornings with Kaye Adams about his view that advances in ME treatment could be achievable because of the UK’s status as a leading nation in medical science.
“There is going to be a big prize for the person who can work this out; surely somebody can take up this challenge.
“We want to be citizens again, we want to be regular people.”
More people living with ME
Lady Gaga – Fibromyalgia
Gaga postponed her 2017 European tour due to her fibromyalgia. (From 2017)
Selena Gomez – Lupus
Missy Elliott – Graves disease
Missy Elliot was diagnosed with Graves disease in 2008, but kept the condition quiet until 2011.
The rap superstar is able to control the condition with medication, but it is sadly not curable at the moment.