Why Gabrielle always covers one eye as she appears on Graham Norton Show?
Gabrielle is back with new music for 2024 and will be performing on The Graham Norton Show tonight (Friday, February 9). The singer, who rose to fame in the 90s, will perform A Place In Your Heart , taken from the forthcoming album of the same name due out on May 10, on the BBC chat show.
Born Louise Gabrielle Bobb, viewers will recognise her smooth voice from her iconic song Dreams, which rocketed to the top of her charts in 1993. At the time, it was the highest-ever new entry for a debut single.
After a few years out of the spotlight, Gabrielle made a comeback with Rise in 2000, which became her second UK number. The album reached the number one spot too and the single Out of Reach, from the soundtrack to Bridget Jones's Diary, reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.
Younger viewers might also recognise her from her time on the ITV reality show The Masked Singer, which sees celebrities dress in costumes with a panel trying to figure out who they are based on voice alone. Gabrielle was on the second series in 2021 and was unmasked as Harlequin, finishing in fourth place.
The mum of two, who is 54, has also appeared in Stormzy's music video for Mel Made Me Do It.
Why Gabrielle always covers one eye?
One thing viewers might notice is that Gabrielle always has her right eye covered, whether it is with sunglasses, an eyepatch, a hat or her hair. The star covers her eye due to a health condition.
She was diagnosed with ptosis as a child. THe NHS says Ptosis is a droopy upper eyelid. Sometimes the problem is mild and largely cosmetic, but in more severe cases the lid margin can cover part of the pupil and block the upper part of the vision.
Gabrielle underwent surgery for the condition, but that left her with a shortened eyelid. In school, Gabrielle suffered from depression and was sometimes suicidal.
She revealed in 2018 that she would never let anyone but very close friends see her eye. She told The Guardian then: “The idea of going out and showing my eye is like going out without my knickers on. It just wouldn’t happen.”
Speaking about her time at school she said classmates would call her a 'r******' and tell her to stop winking at them as her eyelid would constantly flicker.