S Club 7 star Jo O’Meara has opened up about a life-changing incident that happened on a flight to New Zealand that left a lasting impact on her body image years later.
Speaking with Scott McGlynn on his Instagram show celebrity skin talkThe former lead singer of the British pop group told of a terrifying trip Down Under where she rushed to the hospital the moment her plane landed, a complication she says nearly killed her.
“In 2016 I had a bit of a situation,” the 43-year-old singer told McGlynn. “I got a strangulated bowel on a plane and needed urgent surgery.”
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O’Meara says her medical complications on the 23-hour flight are something she still struggles with today in the form of adult acne.
“It almost killed me, to be honest. I was in the hospital for a long time,” O’Meara says of the aftermath of her choking bowel.
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“They didn’t let me fly home because I was so bad. Then I discovered that trauma can help cause adult acne that I didn’t know existed until I had it myself.
“It’s so terrible I can’t help it.”
O’Meara also talked about her S Club 7 days, revealing that out of all their songs, she didn’t enjoy recording “Reach.”
“We were all in the room and a guy played it on a guitar and we were like oh no, but we did it and it’s what we’re known for — our biggest hit,” O’Meara said.
The singer is not ashamed of her time as a global superstar, and last month revealed that she once discovered a stalker hiding in her hotel room, under her bed.
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Fans had managed to sneak into her room after convincing hotel staff that they were related to her and claiming they were O’Meara’s cousin.
O’Meara says she was initially shocked to discover them, but the fans were “very nice and accommodating.”
S Club 7 rose to global fame in the late 1990s and early 1990s, and O’Meara was a member from 1999 to 2003, before deciding to pursue a solo career.
O’Meara says she still keeps in touch with her former bandmate, Rachel Stevens.
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