Idol winner’s staggering weight loss explained
FORMER Australian Idol winner Stan Walker's drastic recent weight loss is the result of a life-threatening illness, it has been revealed.
The singer has worried fans in recent months, appearing shockingly gaunt in photos posted to his social media accounts including a January selfie with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford told Nine's The Morning Show this week that Walker's illness was a rare gene mutation that required him to have his stomach removed.
"If he hadn't got his stomach removed he would have almost certainly gotten cancer," said Ford.
A documentary screening this Sunday night in Walker's other home country of New Zealand promises to shed more light on his mysterious illness. A trailer for the program shows Walker tearfully embracing his mother before undergoing surgery.
This Sunday night 8:40pm on @threenewzealand watch my doco "Stan". I bet half the people thinking i was on crack or whatever y'all were saying are feel pretty dumb right now 😂😂😂 Ah well, we are all know it alls sometimes & just make up stories 😂😂😂 its allgood. This is bigger than all the talkers talking. It's bigger than me. Its bigger than whats happened & is happening to me. There is always someone worse off going through alot worse. All im gonna say is that im blessed to be alive & well. God is good & ive been blessed with a back bone of whanau & friends that go through the highs & the lowest of lows with me. So yeah just have a watch this Sunday. Australia still tbc but soon though 😘✊🏾 @nzonair
"It's been hard for my mum ... she cries every day. Blames herself too," he says.
"If there's complications, then that's how I die."
In a recent Instagram post promoting the documentary, Walker said that he'd stayed quiet as rumours swirled in recent months regarding the cause of his sudden weight loss.
"I bet half the people thinking I was on crack or whatever y'all were saying feel pretty dumb right now," he wrote.
Walker had previously discovered he inherited a rare cancer-causing gene mutation called CDH1 that has been responsible for the deaths of more than 25 of his family members, according to Fairfax.
"The past nine months have been a life changing journey full of ups & downs to say the least," the star said, but "all I'm gonna say is that I'm blessed to be alive and well."
Walker's last studio album, Truth & Soul, was released in 2015. The singer has in recent years focused his career efforts on New Zealand, where he was a judge on The X Factor NZ and appeared in acclaimed Kiwi comedy Hunt For The Wilderpeople.