Kellie Pickler sat down with Ellen DeGeneres for her first interview since shaving her head with her best friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Check out the highlights below.
ON WHY SHE SHAVED HER HEAD WITH HER BEST FRIEND:
Kellie: When Summer (her best friend) was diagnosed with breast cancer back in June. We made a pact that we would shave our heads together. I think last thing that you want (for) anyone that you love to feel like… is that you don’t want them to walk through the valley alone. They need to know that. I think it’s important to have a cancer buddy. I guess you could say. That’s what everyone ‘s been calling us is cancer buddies. Oh, there we are (watching video)
Ellen: So you did it at the same time? Or who went first?
Kellie: I went first and… there’s actually a funny picture of her jumping up out of the chair running out and saying she’s not going to do this. So I um, I tackled her. No…it was honestly. That is probably one of the most beautiful moments of my life. Just being able to do that with her. A lot of people don’t know this but my grandmother passed away with cancer. It was a different type of cancer but she passed away the very next morning after being diagnosed.
Kellie: So there was never the journey I guess you could say of going through. What follows cancer chemo and all of that…
Ellen: Has she (Summer) started Chemo yet?
Kellie: She just started Chemo last week and she’s doing good of course, it’s hard. It’s hard on your body. It’s hard on your mind. It’s not an easy thing to go through. But she’s a strong woman and she’s handled it with such grace.
Kellie: I was able to be with her for first chemo treatment which was important I think for both of us because like I said, she’s my big sister. She really is. We’re not blood kin but we are sisters. I don’t think blood makes you family but I don’t know. I’m happy to have been able to do this with her.
Ellen: Wow, well you’re a good friend.
Kelly: Its just hair…you know…
Ellen: And, you look great…
Kellie: I will be honest with you. I was a little nervous and she was too. We were both a little nervous hope we don’t have some crazy birthmark or a wart or a mole…or something until you shave your head….
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