Louis Walsh, 71, vows to be more considerate after CBB experience and cancer diagnosis


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Irish music manager Louis Walsh, 71, has pledged to be more thoughtful following his stint on Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) and a recent cancer diagnosis.

The star, now 71, does admit that his recent health scare — a battle with blood cancer — combined with a grueling three-week stint on the show has made him reassess his public behavior.

He began his TV career in 2001 on the Irish version of Popstars.

Known for his candid nature and gossiping antics in the CBB house, Louis has now reflected on the experience and acknowledged the need for kindness.

During their chat with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Levi Roots, Ekin-Su shared his story about living with the uncommon health condition called Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, which is a rare form of blood cancer.

It’s just up here, even when I go past a hospital I almost get sick. It’s all gone, I’m fine. It was just the shock of being sick and that word – nobody wants that word.

Louis Walsh

Louis shared that he didn’t even know he had the condition until he went to the hospital for an unrelated issue.

The experience has left him with a newfound perspective on life and his interactions with others.

Speaking about his CBB tenure, Louis admitted that he might have come across as catty at times but is determined to change this aspect of his character.

In the past, Louis had been criticized for his harsh remarks towards some celebrities like Jedward and Ronan Keating, but he now regrets those comments.

With the diagnosis, Louis understands that life can be unpredictable and wants to make amends for any hurtful words or actions.

The X Factor judge disclosed his illness to his roommates, admitting he had cancer which went undetected until a hospital visit.

“I’m going to try and be a better person,” he vowed.

Louis’ time in CBB was marked by contentious comments towards fellow celebs and past collaborators, stirring controversy.

Regardless of public opinion, Louis’ stint on CBB left an indelible mark on him.

Confronted with His Mortality

The cancer diagnosis not only forced him to confront his mortality but also made him reflect on how he interacts with people and expresses himself.

Louis is unsure of what lies ahead but he intends to approach life with a kinder and more considerate attitude.

“I’m going to try and be nice,” he said.

Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia affects around 350 people in the UK annually. White blood cells undergo changes that turn them into cancer cells, which usually build up in the bone marrow.

While there is no cure for this rare cancer, treatments like chemotherapy and immunotherapy can help manage the symptoms.

For those diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, it’s essential to seek medical advice and support from organizations such as Blood Cancer UK.

As Louis embarks on this new chapter in his life, he hopes to inspire others to appreciate the importance of kindness and empathy towards themselves and others.

“It’s a reminder that life is unpredictable, and you never know what someone else might be going through,” he shared.

Cancer is a great reality check. This whole experience is going to change me. I’m going to try and be a better person

Louis Walsh

Louis acknowledged that his CBB experience and cancer diagnosis have given him a unique perspective and a renewed sense of purpose.

Moving forward, he intends to embrace the opportunity to make positive changes in his life and encourage others to do the same.

“I’m not perfect, but I’ll try my best to be kinder and more understanding,” Louis said with determination.

For more information about Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia or supporting those affected by the condition, visit Blood Cancer UK’s website.

Louis’ journey serves as a reminder that, even in the face of adversity, there is always an opportunity to grow and make a difference in the world.

As he continues to navigate his recovery and personal growth, Louis remains committed to living life to the fullest.

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