I nearly died from a strangulated bowel – the trauma has given me adult acne, reveals S Club’s Jo O’Meara

S CLUB singer Jo O'Meara revealed she nearly died after suffering from a strangulated bowel on tour in New Zealand.

The pop star, 43, was rushed to hospital back in 2016 when the blood supply to her bowel was cut off.

Recalling the health scare on Scott McGlynn's Celebrity Skin Talk, she said: "I got a strangulated bowel on a plane and I had to be rushed into surgery.

"It nearly killed me, to be honest. I was in hospital for a really long time.

"They wouldn't let me fly home because I was so poorly. I then found out a trauma can help bring on adult acne, which I didn't know existed until I had it myself.

"It's so horrible as there is not a thing I could do about it."


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At the time, her PA Michelle Cindy Lazarus put out a statement after Jo was forced to miss gigs at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

Jo was forced to have surgery after a series of other medical procedures had failed to improve her condition.

After the successful operation, Michelle wrote: "Jo is so happy this terrible ordeal is finally over and that she just can't wait to get back on stage and do her thing."

Last year Jo reminisced about her S Club heyday in an interview with The Sun.

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While on the face of it life in the pop group seemed fun, there was a darker side lurking behind the singer's smiles.

She said: "When I look back on it, I did put a hell of a lot of pressure on myself to look the best that I could, because I did sometimes feel like the ugly duckling of the group.

"I was never there to be the pretty one – I was just the one that sang the songs and it made me feel very insecure. When I had my back injury [while filming S Club 7 film Seeing Double In 2002], I turned to comfort eating and then I’d get in that vicious cycle."

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