‘The audience were all in tears’: Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards reveals she collapsed onstage during a live performance after learning she had breast cancer
Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards has revealed that she once collapsed onstage during a production of Hairspray after learning she had stage three breast cancer.
The former X Factor contestant, 52, who has been cancer-free for five years, spoke of the heartbreaking moment when her co-stars all started crying as they sang “I Know Where I’ve Been” one night.
Brenda appeared as a guest on Martin and Roman’s Weekend Best and explained why that particular song is so “gripping” to her.
Emotional: Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards, 52, revealed she once collapsed onstage during a Hairspray production after learning she had stage three breast cancer
“When I did the show in 2016, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and I did the show and sang that song,” she said.
“It’s like ‘There’s a road we’ve come down, so many lost along the way’ and those words came up and the cast all started crying.
“Tracy Turnblade, she held my hands with tears and I was like, ‘Honey, I can’t sing and cry, you have to stop this, please stop it”.
Sad: Brenda, who appeared as a guest on Martin and Roman’s Weekend Best, explained why that particular song is so “gripping” to her
“The main change, there was no singing at all because I was just in tears, the first four five rows they were in tears and I’m sure they said ‘wow this is really good acting’ because nobody knew, I had ‘I didn’t say anything about it.’
The public, unaware of her diagnosis at the time, gave her a standing ovation.
Brenda returns to production for the third time she plays Motormouth Mabel, which kicks off on June 24 in Plymouth, Devon.
About her excitement to be back on stage, she said, “I just get lost in it, the band, that live band. I’m just talking about it, I don’t have any hair on my arms, but they stand up at the thought of being back on stage.”
Heartbreaking: She explained, “It’s like “There’s a road we’ve traveled, so many lost along the way” and those words came up and the cast all started crying
Brenda shared how she secured her first West End role and revealed that she was approached by Sharon Osborne, her mentor, who told her that the Chicago producers had been in touch and wanted her to audition.
“I stayed in until the semi-finals, so after that I went for the audition and it’s scary because I’d never been on a stage like this in the West End.
“I had never acted except for a school production of Scrooge and I was a pointing ghost.”
After being successful at the audition, Brenda was given a three- to six-month contract, but ended up staying with the production for six years.
Martin and Roman’s Weekend Best airs Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30pm on ITV.
Candid: Brenda shared how she secured her first West End role and revealed that she was approached by Sharon Osborne, who told Chicago producers wanted her to audition