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Published Time: 10.02.2024 - 01:19:12 Modified Time: 10.02.2024 - 01:19:12

Revealing that only those closest to her ever get to see behind the covering, Gabrielle continued: "The idea of going out and showing my eye is like going out without my knickers on. It just wouldn't happen." Before undergoing surgery, Gabrielle's eye would twitch and flicker, and the cruel comments she ensured knocked her self-esteem. Gabrielle


For years, fans have wondered the Dreams singer's signature look, and Hackney-born Gabrielle has shed light on the situation, comparing showing her eye to going out without underwear on.

During an interview with The Guardian in 2018, while promoting her first album in 11 years, Gabrielle opened up the piece of fringe placed strategically over her eye. She explained that a dead muscle in her eyelid led to it drooping, and that corrective surgery had left her lid shortened.

Revealing that only those closest to her ever get to see behind the covering, Gabrielle continued: "The idea of going out and showing my eye is like going out without my knickers on. It just wouldn't happen." Before undergoing surgery, Gabrielle's eye would twitch and flicker, and the cruel comments she ensured knocked her self-esteem.

The condition Gabrielle lives with - ptosis - is when one or both upper eyelids droop over a person's eye, and can result in restricted or blocked vision. In 2019, Gabrielle spoke out again her hairstyle, which she described as her 'comfort blanket'. She said: "I choose to cover my lazy eye because I don't want it to be seen. It's my comfort blanket and it makes me happy."

When asked whether she'd ever bring the eyepatch back, Gabrielle continued: “The eyepatch, which I only ever used for a year, a lot of find that hard to believe. [...] It is something I will consider, but I won't say when. Just because, for all these years, nearly quarter of a century, have associated me with the eyepatch, I think it would be quite a fun thing to do!"

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