Linda Evangelista opens up on cancer battle and botched lipo that left her ‘disfigured’

Linda Evangelista opens up on cancer battle and botched lipo that left her ‘disfigured’

October 1, 2023

Linda Evangelista has encouraged others to get checked for breast cancer after opening up about her own battle with the disease.

The supermodel, 58, was first diagnosed with the illness in 2018, after which she underwent a double mastectomy.

She was then diagnosed with cancer for a second time last year, after she discovered a lump on her chest, only to be later told she had cancer in her pectoral muscle.

Reflecting on her own battles, Linda encouraged others to get checked during a recent interview with The Sun, in which she told readers: "Please do not skip your annual mammograms. Early detection is everything."

Speaking to the publication, Linda revealed that she had discovered the lump after receiving a phone call to tell her that her 16-year-old son Augustin, whom she shares with Francois-Henri Pinault, had gone missing during a school trip – he was later found.

She recalled: "I was having heart palpitations and I’m rubbing my chest saying, ‘Calm down, calm down’. That is when I felt the lump. It was a bump, and I was not sure so I am pressing on it."

After having the lump checked she was told the devastating news that she had cancer for a second time, and would be needing chemotherapy.

Sharing that chemo left her feeling "half-dead" Linda revealed that actress Salma Hayek, who is her son's step-mum through her marriage to Francois-Henri, flew to New York to help take care of her.

Alongside her cancer battles, Linda also opened up about how she was left 'disfigured' in 2015 after a fat-busting treatment called CoolSculpting went wrong.

She explained: "CoolSculpting is for small amounts of fat, and the commercial said ‘non-invasive, no downtime’. What could go wrong?

“The warning that they give you today, they did not give back then. They added the warning of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia after I came forward."

This isn't the first time Linda has spoken about CoolScuplting, having previously revealed that rather than reduce her fat cells as promised, the procedure actually led to an increase in her fat cells.

Tearfully speaking to People about this, Linda said: "I tried to fix it myself, thinking I was doing something wrong. I got to where I wasn't eating at all. I thought I was losing my mind."

In June 2016, she said she went to her doctor and was "bawling" and asked him what she was doing wrong as she hadn't eaten and was "starving".

She was then diagnosed with paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, and for a number of years became something of a recluse.

Reflecting on this time Lind said that she "once loved being on the catwalk but now dreads running into someone [she] knows."

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