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BBC Radio 1’s Adele Roberts diagnosed with bowel cancer

The DJ, who will undergo surgery today, has been flooded with messages of support

By Nick Reilly

Adele Roberts DJs at the Rolling Stone UK launch party
Adele Roberts DJs at the Rolling Stone UK launch party (Picture: Rolling Stone UK)

Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts has announced she will undergo surgery this week after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

The BBC star, who hosts Radio 1’s weekend breakfast show, shared her diagnosis with Instagram followers on Sunday night (October 24).

Sharing a selfie of herself in a hospital gown, Roberts explained she had been diagnosed at the beginning of October after experiencing digestion issues.

“I’ll be honest, I was embarrassed but I also knew that it could be something serious,” Roberts wrote.

“So I went just in case. I didn’t think anything of it at first and just assumed it might be food sensitivity. After a few phone calls I was sent for some examinations and checks. I was then diagnosed with bowel cancer.

“It’s all happened so quickly and I’m so sorry to post something like this on here but I hope it helps anyone who might be worrying, or suffering in silence. PLEASE make sure you get checked out if you have ANY concerns. The sooner you’re able to see your GP or talk to someone the sooner you can get help. If I hadn’t I might not be so lucky.”

She will now undergo surgery today (October 25) to remove the tumour.

“So far the outlook is positive and I feel so lucky that I can be treated,” she said.

“It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got… I didn’t know I’d be writing something like this. The hardest part wasn’t even finding out I had cancer, it was telling my family. It broke my heart.”

“I’m ready to do this… Time’s up cancer… Time to go.”

Radio 1’s weekday Breakfast Show host Greg James was among those to support Roberts, writing: “This news has absolutely floored us all but let’s do as @AdeleRoberts would do and rally round, stay positive and send her all our love.”

Clara Amfo added: “Love you so much.”

A statement from BBC Radio 1 added: “Our love and support is with Adele, [girlfriend Kate Holderness] and their families at this very difficult time. Everyone at Radio 1, along with millions of listeners, wishes her a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming Adele back on air soon.”