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Missy Elliott reveals that she’s battling Graves’ disease

Rapper has been suffering from debilitating illness for three years

Missy Elliott is asking fans to name her next album. The singer is due to release her seventh record in the spring, and is asking for titles via her website [www.missy-elliott.com] until February 20. Pic: PA Photos
Missy Elliott has revealed that she’s been suffering from Graves’ disease for the past three years.

In an interview with People magazine, the rapper said that she’d first discovered she had the condition – which affects the autoimmune system and thyroid gland – when she almost crashed her car after losing control of the muscles in her leg.

“I was trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping,” she said. “I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed.”

She also revealed that the illness caused her to experience mood swings and hair loss, and made it hard to work on new material, adding: “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen.”

However, she now says that she’s recovered after undergoing radiation therapy, and is working on a new album called ‘Block Party’. She said: “My thyroid is functioning, so I haven't had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life.”

‘Block Party’ will be Elliott’s seventh studio album, and her first since 2005’s ‘The Cookbook’. It will see the rapper reunite with producer Timbaland on an album for the first time since 2003's ‘This Is Not A Test’.

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