Real reason singer Gabrielle always covers one eye as she makes BBC appearance

by 24britishtvFeb. 10, 2024, 1 p.m. 17
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It's been over 30 years since Gabrielle burst onto the music scene. Best known for her 90s hit 'Dreams', the singer/songwriter made a successful comeback to the industry in 2000 with her number one song 'Rise'.

In more recent years she has starred in Stormzy's music video for 'Mel Made Me Do It', with young fans also recognising her from ITV's The Masked Singer, where she was revealed as Harlequin.

This week, the 54-year-old announced her biggest ever UK tour, which will see her play dates in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle. She confirmed the run of shows for 2025 after selling-out all 32 nights during last year’s ‘30 Years of Dreaming’ tour and will be joined by guest Tunde, of Lighthouse Family fame.

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On Friday, Gabrielle performed on BBC's The Graham Norton Show - and as always, her right eye was covered.

The singer is known for always cleverly masking her eye with items like sunglasses, an eyepatch, a hat or her hair - but why does she do it?

Gabrielle was diagnosed with ptosis, a health condition that causes a droopy upper eyelid, as a child and underwent surgery which left her with a shortened eyelid. During her school years, Gabrielle battled depression and had suicidal thoughts.

In 2018, she confessed to The Guardian: "The idea of going out and showing my eye is like going out without my knickers on. It just wouldn't happen." She also shared how her classmates would mock her, calling her names and telling her to stop winking at them because her eyelid would constantly flicker.

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