Rita Ora fights tears talking about her mother's battle with breast cancer on The Voice Australia

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Rita Ora broke down in tears as she spoke about her mother’s battle with breast cancer on Wednesday’s episode of The Voice Australia.

The 31-year-old pop star was moved by contestant Aleisha Gam’s story, as she spoke about her own mother’s cancer battle.  

‘My mum’s been struggling with cancer for the last two years…’ Aleisha, 26, told the coaches, explaining that she hoped her mother could ‘feel my love’ in her song. 

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Getting emotional: Rita Ora, 31, (pictured) broke down in tears as she spoke about her mother's battle with breast cancer on Wednesday's episode of The Voice Australia

Getting emotional: Rita Ora, 31, (pictured) broke down in tears as she spoke about her mother’s battle with breast cancer on Wednesday’s episode of The Voice Australia

Her raw honesty inspired Rita to detail her own family’s experience with cancer, something she admitted she’s reluctant to talk about publicly.

‘I know how it feels to sort of have that connection with a song, and then that memory always sticks with that song,’ Rita began, wiping tears from her eyes.

‘My mum, she also had cancer. When she would go and get her treatment, and she was losing her hair and stuff, we were kind of teenagers,’ she continued, her voice breaking.

Finding common ground: The pop star was moved by contestant Aleisha Gam's (pictured) story, as she spoke about her own mother's cancer battle

Finding common ground: The pop star was moved by contestant Aleisha Gam’s (pictured) story, as she spoke about her own mother’s cancer battle

‘It was really weird to see your mum, like, not be the superhero that you always think your mum is going to be…

‘Because you never think your parents are going to sort of, like, break down in front of you, you know what I mean?’

Taking a deep breath, she added: ‘And then you have to sort of put them together… I can’t even speak.’

Speaking candidly: Aleisha's raw honesty inspired Rita to detail her own family's experience with cancer, something she admitted she's reluctant to talk about publicly

Speaking candidly: Aleisha’s raw honesty inspired Rita to detail her own family’s experience with cancer, something she admitted she’s reluctant to talk about publicly

After taking a moment to compose herself, Rita explained her mother had had breast cancer, but said she was a ‘survivor’.

‘It’s also something she talks about. She’s a survivor, but she had it super young, and I think it’s so important to have that memory with them,’ she continued.

She added: ‘I just wanted to put that out there. I don’t really talk about my mum like that… It’s really hard.’  

Raw:'It was really weird to see your mum, like, not be the superhero that you always think your mum is going to be...' she said in between tears

Raw: ‘It was really weird to see your mum, like, not be the superhero that you always think your mum is going to be…’ she said in between tears

Rita’s mother, Vera, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, with the Let You Love Me singer only talking about it years later.

In an interview with The Sun in December 2020, Rita said she’d experienced PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and panic attacks in the wake of Vera’s health battle.

Rita revealed she’d spent most of her 20’s worrying that she’d also be diagnosed with breast cancer after her mother underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. 

Survivor: Rita's mother, Vera (right), was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, with the Let You Love Me singer only talking about it years later

Survivor: Rita’s mother, Vera (right), was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, with the Let You Love Me singer only talking about it years later

‘Cancer affects everyone. My mum battled it twice, and I had a lot of different emotions. I felt a lot of responsibility to step up and become a strong teenager. I wanted to protect my mother,’ she said.

‘Even now, every time my mother has to have a check-up we get reminded of all those feelings of waiting for the result, and the fear factor of it all. 

‘Everyone has a way of dealing with their thoughts, and I am a big believer in therapy – certainly it has helped me a lot.’  

The Voice Australia continues on Monday at 7.30pm on Channel Seven 

'You never think your parents are going to sort of, like, break down in front of you, you know what I mean?' she said

‘You never think your parents are going to sort of, like, break down in front of you, you know what I mean?’ she said

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