Lebanese singer Elissa revealed in her latest music video that she’s been secretly battling breast cancer.
The 45 year-old unveiled the latest single and video “For All Those Who Love Me” (Ila Kol Elli Bihebbouni) that begins with clips of her MRI scan on 26 December 2017 accompanied by a voiceover where she describes her emotions:
“You know that moment when you wonder, will I ever see the people I love again? Those who love me back? Is it that moment when it’s all over? You won’t exist tomorrow?”
Overnight, the video has been viewed almost 3 million times and received over 12,000 comments from fans around the world wishing her health and happiness and thanking her for sharing her journey. In the video she explained how she continued to work throughout her treatment and why this song was important:
“I go to radiotherapy then I enter the studio. I finish another session, rest for two hours and to the studio again. Once a week also I was shooting a live show. It’s not me who I felt sorry for. Angy, I felt sorry for the people I loved and this song is for the people we really love and don’t want to leave behind.”
The video also shows the singers family visiting her in hospital and the moment she had to be carried off stage during a performance in Dubai earlier this year, but until now she never revealed why.
In the end, she is seen cheering and hugging the doctor after he gave her the all clear. As a final message, Elissa stresses the importance of early detection:
“I’ve recovered, I’ve beaten the illness, and I won…. Early detection of breast cancer can save your life, don’t ignore it, face it.”
Watch the video in full below.