Critically-acclaimed country singer Morgan Wade will undergo a double mastectomy later this year after learning she's at an increased risk for breast cancer.
The "Wilder Days" singer told Page Six that she got tested for the BRCA gene — a mutation in one of the breast cancer genes — because it runs in her family. Then, while out on tour in Europe last year, Morgan got the news that she didn't want to hear.
"I had the BRCA gene, it's a breast cancer gene so I'm having a double mastectomy in November," she said. "I'm going really hard up until November so then November and December I have off to rest."
Although Morgan was hoping she didn't carry the gene, she knew the possibility existed.
"My mom had it, and my little cousin is going to get it, but I'll be fine," she said.
According to Cancer.gov, those who inherit harmful variants of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have increased risks of several cancers—most notably breast and ovarian cancer. Further, BRCA1 or BRCA2 carriers usually develop cancer at younger ages.
For Morgan, she isn't afraid of the surgery, but she is upset about the days that follow.
"I'm feeling fine, I'm just p***** I won't be able to work out because I really like working out. That's my only qualm about it," she said.
While not a flashy name to casual music fans, Morgan is well-known and well-respected within the country industry. Back in 2021, Rolling Stone named Morgan's debut album, "Reckless," the "best country album of the year," beating out the likes of top-line names like Kacey Musgraves, Lainey Wilson and Eric Church, among others. Morgan's second album, "Psychopath," is set to be release on Aug. 25.
"With 'Psychopath,' we've done a really good job of moving on from 'Reckless,' to the next stage without it being so crazy different," she told Page Six. "I'm excited, every song on there has its own sound and is completely different."
The album, which contains 13 tracks, "goes into where I'm at in life right now. Which is so busy," she said. "It's about growing up and being older, and starting to feel like, 'Is it time to settle down?' I think you'll see a lot of that on the record."