Adele Roberts wins award hours after starting final round of chemotherapy for bowel cancer

Radio DJ Adele Roberts won the Radio Times Moment of the Year gong on Tuesday 3 May, just hours after she had revealed to fans that she is starting her final round of chemotherapy for bowel cancer.

Adele, 43, broke down in tears amid a standing ovation from the audience as she received the accolade at the Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAs) for her return to Radio 1 following her cancer treatment.

The former I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star had opened up about her chemotherapy earlier in the day in an emotional post which also paid tribute to The Wanted's Tom Parker, who passed away from brain cancer in March.

Adele took to Instagram to share her delight at receiving the award, she wrote: "What a dream?! I cannot believe this! God is good. My legs were jelly last night being in a room filled with so many of my heroes. I could barely breathe. I thought I was going to pass out.

"A room filled with incredible, passionate people who have got me through such tough times and kept me going. Radio is truly a lifeline to so many. No matter what radio station you’re from or whichever podcast you make. Thank you for everything you do. We’re one big audio family and the way you create communities and give people real meaningful connection is so special.

"I am so thankful to Radio 1 for allowing me to return back to my first love so quickly and to the Radio 1 listeners for uplifting me each week and keeping me going. I live for the weekends. My body might be struggling but you are my radio medicine and keep my spirit high.

She continued: "I meant what I said last night. It’s a privilege to share this journey with the @bbcradio1 listeners. I’ve had conversations that never would have happened without what I’m going through. I never thought I would say the words #cancer, #chemotherapy or even talk about #stomas but I am honoured to be able to do that. It’s brought me closer to you and I am so grateful."

Fans and celebrities alike were quick to share their love for the Radio DJ, colleague Clara Amfo commented: "We stay clapping!"

Presenter Abbie McCarthy added: "Our radio hero & wonderwoman, congrats Adele!!"

Another fan wrote: "Very well deserved. A true inspiration to others!"

"So deserved Adele, inspiring us all every single day," a second added.

Adele revealed earlier on Tuesday that she was starting her final round of chemotherapy, telling fans in an emotional video: "So just been to the gym this morning to prepare my body for the…"

"Sorry, my final round of chemotherapy," she said almost in tears.

"I'm just upset cos I've been watching a video about Tom Parker from The Wanted. I'm just really sad for him that he's passed away but I was just saying on my Facebook page that I wish I could have met him in real life.

"Just to thank him for the strength that he's given me and also all the wonderful people on Instagram who have been good to me and, of course, you Katie.

"Anyway, hopefully going to pick up my last round of chemotherapy from the hospital today," she continued. "And what I try and do each day is get out of bed, look after my body.

"It's really suffering now and feeling the effects of chemotherapy so I've been to the gym done a stepping session and I'm gonna walk to the hospital now pick up my final round.

"Hopefully in two weeks time I'll be ringing that bell to say that I've finished chemotherapy, I'll have a scan after that and them hopefully I'll be cancer free. Fingers crossed."

Adele shared that she had been diagnosed with bowel cancer last October and has been candid in sharing her health journey with the support of her long-term girlfriend Kate Holderness.

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