Mabel has opened up on her ongoing health battle (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

R&B singer Mabel has revealed that she has been living with glandular fever for two years – after initially mistaking her symptoms for Covid.

The pop star, 26, started feeling unwell during the first few months of 2020, describing herself as feeling constantly tired with a sore throat.

Her symptoms then began affecting her singing voice which led her to believe, after Covid hit the headlines, she had been struck down by the virus.

However, her symptoms didn’t clear up as expected, and she soon discovered she had glandular fever, which is a common infection among teenagers and young adults.

The most common symptoms include a high temperature, a painfully sore throat, swollen glands in your neck, severe fatigue – which can last for months after the infection has disappeared – aching muscles and chills and sweats

‘I kept thinking that I had Covid [but] all my PCR tests came back negative,’ the Finders Keepers said.

‘It turns out I have a strain of glandular fever that I’ve had for over two years.

She was worried it would affect her performances (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

‘So when I’m tired and I’m stressed I get glandular fever. And I still have it. I did a test the other day. It’s still there.’

After living with the illness for so long, the singer, daughter of 80s pop sensation Neneh Cherry, has admitted that she became fearful about future performances and was worried about her career.

She added to MailOnline: ‘I’d become completely obsessive about [social media comments]. I was going on to stage in complete and total utter fear – scared that people are going to say bad things and “You’re not performing to your best ability”.

‘And then it becomes a catch 22 because people say terrible things, and you’re like “I kind of agree with you, that wasn’t a great performance”.’

With new album About Last Night… on the way, the singer has insisted that her ability to deal with her illness is greatly improved in 2022, and that she now takes time to look after herself so as to not worsen her condition – crediting horse-back riding and meditating twice a day with helping her get back on her feet again.

About Last Night… is out in July. New single Overthinking is out now.


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