LISA Maffia shot to fame in the noughties with the hit single 21 seconds.
Now she has revealed she has cervical cancer.
Who is Lisa Maffia and how old is she?
Lisa, 41, is an English singer, rapper and model who was born on June 26, 1979.
She got her career break when she lent her vocals to the So Solid Crew song Oh No.
But it was the band’s 2001 hit 21 Seconds that propelled her to fame when it reached number one in the UK.
The crew went on to win the best British Video award at the 2002 BRIT Awards as well as two Mobos, with their debut album going platinum.
When was Lisa Maffia diagnosed with cervical cancer?
On October 29, 2020 Lisa revealed she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Her diagnosis comes just a year after her mum’s battle with the disease.
She revealed the news as she went to a Colposcopy appointment at hospital.
What has she said about her cervical cancer diagnosis?
Lisa told fans she had never missed a smear test and urged fans to make sure they keep up with their screening appointments.
“I never miss a smear and I unfortunately have cervical cancer,” she said.
“So now I’m even more cautious.
“This is just a reminder to anyone that maybe has forgotten to get tested!
“It’s not a game.”
What happened to So Solid Crew?
So Solid Crew consisted of a rather large number of members, with the most notable ones being Lisa Maffia, MC Harvey and Romeo.
In October, 2001, the UK act released their first album titled They Don’t Know, which performed moderately well on the UK charts, but it was their breakout single 21 Seconds that would carry the band’s major success throughout the year.
The song went platinum within weeks, and it seemed like everything was looking up for the new group.
Their debut album ended up peaking at number 6.
In 2002, So Solid Crew would go on to helm their own Channel 4 documentary called This Is So Solid, which only helped to boost their popularity with the British public.
But by the time that their second album 2nd Verse hit the market on 29 September, 2003, it appeared as if everything came crashing down for them.
The record underperformed immensely, landing its highest position at number 70 on the UK album chart and failing to produce any hit singles.
It wasn’t long before members such as Lisa Maffia would attempt to start a solo career away from the group, consequently causing the group to disband.
What did Lisa Maffia do after she left So Solid Crew?
Lisa released her debut single All Over – which reached number two in the charts – after parting ways with So Solid Crew in 2003.
She later released her debut solo album, First Lady, which featured stars Christina Aguilera, Ja Rule and Blue.
But the album failed to equal the success of her previous singles.
Lisa took a break from her musical career and focused on television and modelling opportunities.
She has appeared in the pages of numerous magazines including Vogue and Elle.
The star has also always been a lads’ mag fave – having graced the list of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women as well as Loaded’s 100 Babes.
In 2006 she resumed her focus on her musical career, setting up her own label Maffia Recordz and releasing her single Bad Girl the following year.
In 2017 she released her single The Knack.
Lisa also owns a production company called Maffia Media which produced UK film Little Lighty.
What TV shows has Lisa Maffia been on?
In 2005, she competed in The Games and came second to Kirsty Gallacher when she earned a silver medal.
And in 2008 she won ITV2’s CelebAir – which saw celebrities working as air hostesses.
Through her musical career she has also performed on Top Of The Pops, The Jonathan Ross Show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Celebrity Juice and Popworld to name a few.