Natalie Cole said today (July 16) that she has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C.
The virus was discovered during a routine medical exam, and is likely a result of the Grammy-winning singer’s drug use many years ago.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have learned so much from my past experiences,” Cole said in a statement.
“I am embraced by the love and support of my family and friends; I am committed to my belief in myself and in my abiding faith to meet this challenge with a heartfelt optimism and determination. This is how I intend to deal with this current challenge in my life.”
Cole‘s doctor said that she is responding well to anti-viral medication and the problem may clear up over time.
They believe it should not interfere with the September 9 release of her new album ‘Still Unforgettable’.
–By our Los Angeles staff.