Noddy Holder’s wife Suzan Price has revealed the Slade singer has been battling cancer for the last five years.
The author recently revealed that in 2018 she and Noddy, 77, were told he was suffering from oesophageal cancer and initially had just six months to live.
The ‘bombshell’ revelation made by Suzan comes just months after her husband returned to the stage and completed a run of strenuous live shows.
Getting candid in her latest article, the columnist reflected on seeing her ‘incredible’ partner performing live again after being receiving a diagnosis five years ago.
She continued: “To watch him do what he does so brilliantly was thrilling, entertaining and profoundly moving. You see, five years ago we were given the devastating news that he had oesophageal cancer and only had six months to live.”
Suzan went on to say that the pair coped with the illness by ‘hunkering down and sticking together’.
“We told only immediate close family and friends and I will never apologise to those we did not confide in, only to those who were forced to suffer pain and anguish alongside us as we attempted to navigate our way through this new and horrifying world.”
Elsewhere, she revealed that after being her husband had been diagnosed with cancer, the ‘Merry Xmas Everybody' star turned to The Christie Hospital in Manchester.
There, he agreed to undergo a ‘gruelling course of experimental treatment’ which was allegedly part of a ‘brand-new trial of intense chemotherapy’.
“There were no guarantees, no one knew if it would have any effect, let alone work miracles, but he responded well,” she explained.
Despite initially being handed such a short time to live, Noddy was fit enough this summer to embark on a tour with Cheshire musician, Tom Seals, and his band.
During sold-out gigs in Dorset, Walsall and Salford, Noddy reportedly opened up about his cancer journey for the first time and was forced to ‘hold back tears’ while he talked.
Concluding her tell-all piece, Suzan went on to thank the staff at The Christie for looking after her husband.
“The care and expertise we experienced at The Christie was excellent. In addition, Noddy has always been great at living in the moment, not hankering for the past or worrying about the future.
“You need so much mental strength to get through something like this. I’ve always been impressed by my husband’s focus and determination but now I am completely in awe.”
Noddy is due to be a special guest of Seals when he and his band play their Christmas Spectacular at Crewe Lyceum Theatre on December 1, 2023.Featured Image Credit: Christopher Furlong/Paul Draper/Mirrorpix/Getty Images