Supermodel Linda Evangelista reveals she secretly underwent a double mastectomy after breast cancer diagnosis

6 September 2023, 11:27

Linda Evangelista has spoken of her breast cancer diagnosis
Linda Evangelista has spoken of her breast cancer diagnosis. Picture: Alamy

By StephenRigley

Supermodel Linda Evangelista has revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and quietly underwent a double mastectomy five years ago.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The 58-year-old Canadian, one of the original supermodels, also said she found another lump in her chest last year.

In a new interview she spoke out about her December 2018 diagnosis that led to her having a bilateral mastectomy before she found another lump in her chest last year.

She told the WSJ Magazine: "The margins were not good, and due to other health factors, without hesitation, because I wanted to put everything behind me and not to have to deal with this, I opted for a bilateral mastectomy. Thinking I was good and set for life. Breast cancer was not going to kill me."

But unfortunately she had another cancer scare in July last year after discovering a lump in her chest.

She explained that she had had chemotherapy and radiotherapy for her latest tumour and her prognosis is "good but not great."

She said: "Once it's come back, there's a chance. I know I have one foot in the grave, but I'm totally in celebration mode," she said.

Linda Evangelista
Linda Evangelista. Picture: Alamy

Read More: Joe Jonas files for divorce from Game of Thrones star wife Sophie Turner

Read More: Sarah, Duchess of York, names reconstructed breast 'Derek' after breast cancer diagnosis

Last year, the star appeared on the cover of Vogue for the first time since saying she had been "deformed" by a cosmetic procedure which went wrong.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the new Apple TV+ docuseries The Super Models, which features interviews with Evangelista and other 1990s catwalk stars such as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington, she said her cancer was first detected during her annual mammogram appointment.

"The margins were not good, and due to other health factors, without hesitation, because I wanted to put everything behind me and not to have to deal with this, I opted for a bilateral mastectomy," she explained.

"Thinking I was good and set for life. Breast cancer was not going to kill me."

The model explained she was diagnosed in December in 2018 and it was detected during her annual mammogram.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

A boy, believed to be 15, was pronounced dead at the scene in Ladbroke Grove

Six arrested after boy, 15, shot dead in park in west London

The collision - involving two vehicles - happened on the A61 Barnsley Road between Staincross, Barnsley, and Newmillerdam, Wakefield

Six people - including two children - die after horror crash between car and motorbike

Joe Biden quits 2024 US presidential race and endorses his VP Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris promises to do 'everything in her power' to defeat Donald Trump after Joe Biden drops out of race

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden

Jill Biden breaks silence with short emotional tribute to husband Joe after he drops out of Presidential race

Starmer praises Joe Biden's 'remarkable career' as leaders react to president quitting  2024 US presidential race

Starmer praises Joe Biden's 'remarkable career' as leaders react to president quitting 2024 US presidential race

President Joe Biden has dropped out of the 2024 Presidential Race and has endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Nominee.

Kamala Harris says she is running for President in first statement since Joe Biden's shock withdrawal

Joe Biden (l) and Kamala Harris (r)

As Joe Biden steps aside who replaces him as the Democrat candidate to take on Trump and what happens now?

Live
President Biden Addresses The Nation From The White House Oval Office

Joe Biden quits 2024 US election LIVE: President Biden backs VP Kamala Harris as Trump hits out at 'unfit' leader

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event yesterday

Donald Trump slams Joe Biden as ‘worst president in history’ and says Kamala Harris will be ‘easier to beat'

Read Joe Biden’s letter in full as he announces he’s dropping out of 2024 presidential race

Read Joe Biden’s letter in full as he announces he’s dropping out of 2024 US presidential race

Biden withdraws from US presidential race

Joe Biden has endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as Democratic Presidential nominee

Joe Biden quits 2024 US presidential race and endorses Kamala Harris - as Trump labels him 'unfit to serve'

Joe Biden quits 2024 US presidential race and endorses Kamala Harris - as Trump labels him 'unfit to serve'

The 152nd Open - Day Four

American Xander Schauffele crowned The 152nd Open Champion as he finishes -9 to win in Royal Troon

Breaking News

England beat the West Indies by 241 runs in second Test at Trent Bridge

It comes as a TikTok sleuth who joined the hunt for missing teen Jay Slater said he believes the 19-year-old remains trapped in a Tenerife ravine.

Jay Slater's family blast trolls over bogus leads following sightings on the ‘Eurostar’ and ‘watching the Euros’

Four men found dead in car following horror collision with tree

Four men found dead in car following horror collision with tree