The 10 Most Famous Women With Thyroid Diseaseby Mary Shomon Patient Advocate
As the saying goes: “Stars are just like us!” As far as thyroid conditions are concerned, this is true. Estimates suggest that at least 20 million Americans have thyroid disease, and the majority are women. Thyroid disease affects women of all ages, from teenagers to seniors. It also doesn’t discriminate based on celebrity, as you will see in this profile of the 10 most famous women with thyroid disease.
“My body was turning on me. First hyperthyroidism, which sped up my metabolism and left me unable to sleep for days. (Most people lose weight. I didn’t.) Then hypothyroidism, which slowed down my metabolism and made me want to sleep all the time. (Most people gain weight. I did! Twenty pounds!)”
“They removed my thyroid and since then I have to use medication. I got rid of the cancer and then for me it was, ‘Oh shoot, now I have to live with this condition my whole life ... I have to be on medication my whole life …’”
It was first reported that former first lady, secretary of state, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had hypothyroidism in a September 2016 letter from her doctor.
Clinton hasn’t spoken publicly about her thyroid, but in that letter, her doctor wrote:
“Mrs. Clinton’s current medications include Armor (sic) Thyroid... Her thyroid blood tests are within normal limits. Of note, she has remained stable for many years on Armor [sic] thyroid to treat her hypothyroidism ..."
On the show, Clarkson said:
“I know the industry loves the weight gone, but I mean, for me, it wasn't really the weight. For me it was like, I'm not on my medicine anymore. My bloodwork came back, and I haven't been on my medicine since like February.”
Multi-platinum recording artist Linda Ronstadt was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroidism in 1997. She continued to release albums until 2006, and perform until 2009. At that time, she announced that she also had Parkinson’s disease and could no longer sing or perform.
Ronstadt has written about her long career, her music, and health battles in her 2013 book, “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.”
Billboard Top 10 singer/songwriter Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (“Sia”) may be known for her hit music — and penchant for interesting wigs — but the Australian star was also diagnosed with Graves' disease in 2010.
“It was making me very very crazy and I thought I had a panic disorder but I didn’t — I had Graves’ disease. I checked myself into the nut-house and everything and then I realised that I’m not crazy — I’m sick, with a real disease.”
Jelena Noura "Gigi" Hadid is an American-born supermodel. Hadid was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroidism in 2014. She announced it on social media, speaking out against body shaming.
According to Hadid:
“For those of you so determined to come up with why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started at 17, I was not yet diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease; those of you who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation and water retention due to that.”
Fitness guru and trainer on “The Biggest Loser,” Jillian Michaels is known for her ripped physique and drill sergeant tactics, but many people don’t know that she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroidism. Currently in her mid-40s, it’s not clear when she received the diagnosis, but she has spoken about her condition for several years.
“Since I started my thyroid medication, I'm back down to my fighting weight, which I maintain with moderate effort.”
Superstar rapper, singer, dancer, and record producer Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot was diagnosed with Graves' disease in 2008.
"I was sick, and I couldn't even lift a pen. My nervous system had broken all the way down ... I was on medication for a short while but have been off it for quite some time now. I manage the condition through diet and exercise."
“I was feeling very sick and had chronic fatigue and these really bad pains in my neck and throat. I didn’t know what was going on. It was a pretty hard time, and after a bunch of tests, I found out I had an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s disease.”