Inside X-Factor star Leona Lewis multi-million pound LA lifestyle and devastating health battle

Leona Lewis has come a long way since first finding fame as the winner of The X Factor in 2006.

However, her rise to international chart success did not come without a few obstacles along the way.

In 2017, the 36-year-old was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune health condition which led her to make some big changes to her lifestyle.

Leona was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroidism which left her struggling with day to day life.

It is an autoimmune disorder involving chronic inflammation of the thyroid and the condition tends to run in families.

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At the time of the diagnosis, she said: "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.”

Opening up about her condition, Leona has also said: "When I was first diagnosed, I was absolutely devastated; I felt very scared and alone until I began to research and understand how others were living with the disease.

"When my symptoms were the most severe, I could hear my body telling me that I needed to slow down. I also started to feel tired during performances.”

However, Leona hasn’t allowed her diagnosis to impact her personal life or career and has gone on to have great success in both.

In 2019, she married her long term partner Dennis Jaunch at Sting's 16th century estate in Tuscany.

Leona has since revealed that it rained throughout the ceremony and the reception afterwards.

Speaking on This Morning, she joked: "We're going to have all the luck in the world because it poured from morning to night.

"It was nice because it brought everyone together."

The couple live in a $3.7 million home in Los Angeles' famous Hidden Hills.

They sold their previous home to Leona’s former record label manager Simon Cowell in 2020.

Meanwhile, since departing from Simon’s label, Leona is rumoured to have set her sights on Broadway.

Leona has also been promoting the Queen of the Universe, a drag-singing series on Paramount that she’s been a panellist on.

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