Anastacia hopes Strictly will help her overcome her fear of showing off mastectomy scars


American singer Anastacia has announced she will be donating her fee from Strictly Come Dancing to a breast cancer charity.

The I'm Outta Love star, who has had a double mastectomy after two battles with breast cancer, said: "The longer I am in the competition, the more money they get."

 Undated BBC handout photo of Anastacia who is taking part in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing 2016
(Jay Brooks/BBC)

The musician revealed that surviving cancer propelled her to do the show.

She said: "It didn't make me fearless but it made me not have as much worry; the control factor I had of not wanting to do it and make a fool of myself was gone.

"I don't think I was ready before my mastectomy but that brought me down to earth and I thought 'Now I've removed a body part, what more is there to be scared about?'"

Ore Oduba and Anastacia at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016
Anastacia with Ore Oduba at the show launch (Ian West/PA)

However, Antastacia said she is still very conscious of the scars left by the surgery.

She said: "My operation was a radical one, muscles from my back were put in my front. I have big scars on my back that I don't know if I'm going to have the guts enough to show or if I'm going to cover them up, we will see where my power comes from.

"I'm not saying I may not have a moment where I'm going to do it, I don't know what the show will bring out."

Strictly Come Dancing - The Launch Show airs on BBC One tonight at 6.50pm.