Nadia Sawalha is going bald.
The 52-year-old television personality has admitted she has been diagnosed with the hereditary characteristic on social media, and although people compliment her for having "wonderful, amazing, natural curls", she has revealed her tresses are fake and she is in fact losing her ringlets "all over" because of the "balding gene" she has.
Speaking in a video, which she has shared on her Instagram account, as well as Nadia and Kaye Adams" Facebook page, the "Loose Women" panellist said: "I think the thing that people ask me the most about is my hair, and how I have such gorgeous, glorious, wonderful, amazing, natural curls. And I'm going to be honest with you, they are fake. They are fake.
"I used to have the most amazing, I'll say it myself, hair, it was my crowning glory, it was my most favourite thing about myself, and it was the one thing I didn't have to worry about myself looks wise. I didn't have to do anything to it.
"But when I started going into Perimenopause I think I have lost a third of my hair. You see hair this is where it's balding, I'm, losing it all over.
"In fact I went to the top hair guy specialist, and he said to me that I actually do have the balding gene. That's not funny. I didn't know women could have the balding gene. He drew this picture of my hair follicles and he was saying the follicles have closed [in some areas] and they aren't coming back. "
The brunette beauty broke down in tears numerous times during the clip, because she feels bad she is sad her appearance is changing when other people have lost their hair because of a life-threatening illness, such as cancer.
She explained: "Sometimes I think I shouldn't be ungrateful. On Loose Women the make-up artists do all sorts to my hair. It sounds pathetic saying it ... it makes me really sad. It just makes me feel old and I know I should feel grateful, I do try to and I do say I'm grateful but it doesn't mean that I don't miss my hair terrible.
"I feel bad saying this when you think about people who have lost their hair completely form alopecia or cancer treatment, but it doesn't really make it any easier the fact that I'm losing my hair."
Nadia has claimed she noticed her hair had started to change after she had her children Maddy, 14, and Kiki, 11, but thought that was natural after motherhood.
She added: "My hair really started to change after I had my kids, bloody kids. I lost a lot, and also the texture started to change."
And Nadia has admitted the topic is "a lot tougher" for her to talk about than she thought.
She captioned the post: "I've got a confession to make about my hair... one that is actually a lot tougher for me to talk about than even I'd imagined.
I know so many of you deal with similar issues and I hope by speaking out it helps make you not feel alone in this and please share if you think it might help someone you know xx (sic)."