Finding strength in her family: Michelle Heaton takes daughter Faith to play centre launch a week after revealing plans for double mastectomy
17:05 GMT, 24 October 2012
Last week former popstar Michelle Heaton revealed that she was planning to have a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed in a bid to prevent cancer.
Deciding to make the most of her time before the operations, the star took her nine-month-old daughter, Faith, to Whipsnade Zoo on Wednesday to launch its new play centre.
Doting on her young daughter, Michelle let her hair down as they played together in the new area before taking some time out to visit the animals.
Having some fun: Michelle Heaton and baby Faith let their hair down at the launch of Whipsnade Zoo's new play centre
Looked relaxed and at ease, the former reality star wore black leggings and an orange, chiffon top as she spent time with her daughter.
Wearing her long brunette hair loose over her shoulders, Michelle seemed to be having fun as she had a go on the children's slide.
The 33-year-old star admitted on ITV's Lorraine last week that she has been diagnosed with a mutated gene BRCA2, which means she has an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 30 per cent chance of developing ovarian cancer.
Focusing on the future: Michelle has been outspoken about her forthcoming operations and seems to be finding strength in her family
Letting their hair down: The former popstar and her young daughter sample the new activities at the play centre before visiting the animals
The former Liberty X singer has been outspoken about the fact that she will have the operations to remove the chance of developing cancer.
Michelle seems to be finding strength from her family, and seemed in good spirits as she took to Twitter to write about her trip to the zoo:
'On way to @ZSLWhipsnadeZoo .. Me & #babyfaith get to name a baby camel! V.excited! Any suggestions Xxxxx'
Letting her hair down: Michelle has some fun after her heartbreaking news a few months ago
Relaxing with the family: Michelle seems to enjoy spending some time with her nine-month-old daughter
A little later the star was obviously feeling a bit down, and tweeted that she needed food and champagne to cheer her up:
'I'm feeling a little low.. Me thinks a treat meal 2nite… Fajitas .. Potatoes wedges chocolate & Mot….. Not in that order! Lol ; ) xxx
Michelle has revealed that she's looking into surgery options but wants to have another baby before she has her ovaries removed.
Mother and daughter: Michelle and Faith seem to be having a great day out as they play on the slide