Adele Roberts announces she’s cancer free and thanks NHS for ‘saving my life’

The Northern radio presenter and TV personality revealed that she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in October 2021.

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Adele Roberts has announced that she’s officially cancer free, and has thanked the “angel” NHS doctors for saving her life.

Taking to social media to share the good news in an emotional post, the BBC Radio 1 DJ said that hearing the words ‘you’re free of cancer’ was the day she had been waiting for since her diagnosis, adding that it “absolutely took my breath away”.

She said it was “the most beautiful sound” she thinks she’s ever heard.

The Southport-born presenter – who has worked for a number of Northern radio stations throughout her career, including Rock FM, Galaxy, and Hits Radio Manchester, before moving to national radio and becoming a regular presenter of Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast Show since January 2021 – revealed back in October that she had been diagnosed with and was undergoing treatment for bowel cancer.

The 43-year-old, who first found fame in Channel 4’s Big Brother in 2002, and apperead on ITV reality competition series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2019, confirmed that she had a tumour removed through surgery.


Following the surgery, she now uses a stoma bag, and had been undergoing chemotherapy.

Confirming she’s free of cancer in a post to Instagram, Adele wrote: “Everything we’ve been through seems to be swirling around in my body and life feels a bit surreal at the moment… BUT I AM SO GRATEFUL.


“I am counting my blessings.

“I am also in awe of anyone dealing with cancer. The courage, the strength, the determination, and at times, the humour you have shown has been nothing short of super human. You’ve inspired me and given me the fire to never give up. You’re warriors and it’s thanks to seeing you being so strong that’s kept me going. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Sometimes it took me all my strength just to get out of bed and face the day but I still did it.

“Every day I made sure I did something to do a huge f*ck you to cancer. It’s taken too many of us. I didn’t know what fate had in store for me but I knew I’d never stop trying.”


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She then made sure to thank the medical professionals who treated her, and the whole of the NHS – who she called “angels amongst us”.

“Thank you for saving my life,” she wrote.

Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts has announced that she’s officially cancer free / Credit: Adele Roberts (via Instagram)

Adele also took the time to thank her family, friends, her partner Kate – who she said is her “reason to get out of bed every morning” – and everyone who’s taken time to message her and send love or positive thoughts.

She said that everyone’s well-wishes kept her going and helped her “slay this beast”.


“If anything it’s made me happier than I’ve ever been,” Adele said.

“Going through the darkness has given me the light. It’s transformed me, given me my little stoma Audrey, brought amazing people into my life and it’s time now for me to start really living.”

Featured Image – Adele Roberts (via Instagram)