After years of secretly suffering excruciating pain, Alexandra Burke was treated for irritable bowel syndrome
Alexandra Burke has shared how she continued to perform while suffering from excruciating abdominal pain, constipation and bloating that could be described as “crippling”.
The X Factor winner, 33, has become a household name performing in London’s West End and appearing on shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.
After years of silence, just last year Alexandra felt that her symptoms had reached such intensity that she had no choice but to seek medical help.
“I was trying to exude confidence but really just wanted to curl up in a ball,” Alexandra said Email online.
Alexandra has been diagnosed with IBS, a condition that affects between 10 and 25 per cent of the UK population.
The Bodyguard star admits she’s amazed it’s taken her so long to seek medical help for her symptoms, having previously tried to solve the problems herself by changing her diet.
Alexandra continues: “As a public person, you want to maintain this perfect image.”
“All the signs were there, the pain, cramps and bloating that followed each meal — but I didn’t know it was IBS.”
After having no luck with a plant-based diet, Alexandra saw a doctor who prescribed her a daily probiotic and within two weeks all of her symptoms had reduced.
She has also taken on life coaching to better manage her worries.
The star, who became a mother last month, is no longer experiencing flare-ups and is feeling herself again.
What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system. It causes symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. These symptoms can come and go over time and last for days, weeks, or months at a time.
Unfortunately, since there is no cure, it can be a lifelong problem that interferes with everyday life.
However, dietary changes and some medications can help control the symptoms of IBS.
Alexandra Burke is a British singer, songwriter and actress best known for winning season five of The X Factor.
Burke released her debut album Overcome in 2009, which reached number one on the UK Albums Chart.
The album became one of the most successful of the year, featuring chart-topping hits like “Hallelujah”, “Bad Boys”, “All Night Long” and “Start Without You”.
Just two years after winning the show, Burke was named Best Newcomer at the Glamor Women of the Year Awards, Best Female Artist at the BT Digital Music Awards and Cosmopolitan’s Ultimate UK Music Star.
She has also been nominated for several other awards including a MOBO Award, a BRIT Award and an MTV VMA.
In 2014, Alexandra made her West End debut as a leading actress in The Bodyguard at London’s Adelphi Theater – taking on the lead role of Beverley Knight.
Two years later she took on the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier in a new British production of Sister Act The Musical.
In August 2017, it was announced that Burke would be taking part in the 15th series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing alongside professional dancer Gorka Márquez.
Burke and Márquez reached the finals of the competition and took second place.
- Age: 33
- Born: Islington, London, August 25, 1988
- Lives: £1.6million seven bedroom property in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
- Partner: Burke is in a relationship with footballer Darren Randolph
- Children: Burke gave birth to a boy in July 2022.
- Assets: £6.5 million
Gorka Márquez has been a professional dancer with Strictly Come Dancing since 2016.
In 2017, Márquez partnered with Burke for the 15th series of the show. They made it to the finals and took second place.
Gorka is a 31-year-old professional dancer from Spain’s Basque Country.
Beyoncé first rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.
Alexandra and Beyoncé appeared together in the X Factor finale. They sang Beyoncé’s 2006 hit “Listen,” and Burke won the show.
Beyoncé is a 40-year-old American singer, songwriter, producer and actress from Houston, Texas, USA.
Darren Randolph is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club West Ham United and the Republic of Ireland national team.
Randolph began a relationship with singer Alexandra Burke in 2022 and they welcomed their first child together in July 2022.
Burke’s Instagram page has a variety of photos of the couple — as well as photos from events and relaxing in their free time.
Darren is a 35 year old Irish footballer from Bray, Ireland.