The Voice's Viktoria Bolonina has revealed the devastating news she was diagnosed with a stage four brain tumour "the size of an orange".
The opera singer, who rose to fame as a finalist on The Voice in 2012, penned a note to her fans on Instagram explaining why she had not been performing in recent months.
"The reason is a tumour the size of an orange was found on my brain and I had to have urgent brain surgery to remove it," she said.
"Thankfully the surgery was successful.
"Unfortunately the biopsy came back that the tumour is grade 4 malignant. This means I will have to undergo chemotherapy and radiation to kill the microscopic cancer cells that are left behind.
"I am SO lucky to have the greatest support around me. My family and friends have been my absolute fortress through these difficult times. Especially as I am still recovering from surgery."
The 30-year-old also expressed her thanks to those who had been checking in on her since her diagnosis.
"Your care really means the absolute world to me and I often feel undeserving of it," she said.
"In saying all that I am staying very positive and will get back to what I love to do the most – singing, as soon as I am able to!"
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the singer to help her with medical costs as she will not be able to work.
The $8000 already raised will go towards her transport to and from the hospital during her radiation treatment five days a week for six weeks, medicine and supplements, mortgage repayments, utility bills, necessities for her baby and food expenses.
"We’d love to see her comfortable, relaxed and enjoying her time with her daughter and family," the GoFundMe page says.
"She is an inspiration to all of us."
Outpouring of love for singer following diagnosis
Viktoria has received an outpouring of love from fans since she shared her heartbreaking story on social media.
"This is such sad news!!! We’re glad the operation was successful and that things will be back up normal soon, it’s just terrible that you’ve had to go through something like this!!" one wrote on Facebook.
"What an utter shock to your life and your world. Thank goodness it’s been found and I’m sending you all the best wishes for a full recovery. Stay strong and positive," another fan said in support.
"I am horrified to read this news, Viktoria. I am wishing you a speedy and complete recovery, may you return to singing, to your fans and, most importantly, to your little daughter as soon as humanly possible and in good health," a third added.
Fans praised the singer for her strength and positivity, while others shared their own chemotherapy journeys in support.
You can help Viktoria by sending a donation via her GoFundMe page.
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