Anastacia has blamed Brendan Cole for tearing open her mastectomy scar on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.



The 49-year-old singer has battled and overcome two separate bouts of breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy, but the artist believes her injury during last year's season of the BBC One dance competition was caused because her dance partner pushed her too hard to the point her entire "pec muscle ripped to shreds".

Speaking about her agony during the programme and the 41-year-old professional she was partnered with on The Sun's 'Bizarre Life' podcast, the 'I'm Outta Love' hitmaker said: "I'd try to say when I couldn't do something, but he's such a doer he'd be, 'Try it! Do it!'

"So I got injured the second time because he kept making me try to do something I couldn't do.

"My entire pec muscle was ripped to shreds."

And the American star - whose full name is Anastacia Lyn Newkirk - has revealed when she was told who her partner would be she never received a "good response" from people.

Speaking about the warnings she had been given prior to the competition, Anastacia - who was the sixth celebrity to be booted off of the show in 2016 - said: "Every time I say I'm partnered with Brendan Cole I don't get a good response.

"They get really excited and I go, 'Brendan Cole', and they go 'Oh'."

Although Anastacia suffered an injury on the ballroom and latin show, which left her fearing she would have to have her reconstructed boobs taken off, she thinks the experience helped her to reclaim a "little piece" of her femininity.

Speaking previously, she said: "Every little thing that I'm doing, including 'Strictly Come Dancing' was me trying to reclaim a little piece of my femininity that cancer stole from me. When you have as many surgeries as I've had, you lose so many female sensations that you'll never get back. Nipple sensation is something that cancer robbed from my anatomy and I'm used to it now but there is that little part of me that will always be lost."