The dance instructor is undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in order to continue her weight loss journey, and she’s sharing her experience. The 50-year-old allowed cameras to follow her into the operating room where she’ll document her procedure — but she broke down in tears before going under the knife.
“There’s nobody freaking out if something happens to me,” she told Entertainment Tonight, wiping away tears. “I’m scared, I’m nervous.”
She made the decision to continue her transformation by removing 80 percent of her stomach, actually going through with weight loss surgery after years of rumors that claimed she already underwent a lap-band procedure.
Back in 2015, fans noticed that the Abby Lee Dance Company owner had dropped a considerable amount of weight — she lost about 40 pounds and went from a size 24 to a size 16 — and many speculated that she had surgery but she slammed those rumors.
“That would have been easy,” she told People at the time.
Abby explained that a slew of stressful issues in her life attributed to her previous weight loss — from her mother being diagnosed with cancer to a particularly hot summer without air conditioning at her dance studio, and a new prescription medicine.
“So that is how I lost the weight,” she continued. “There’s no diet, there’s no exercise, there’s no this, there’s no that.”
But now that she’s continuing her weight loss journey, she’s still dealing with stress. Abby is currently facing jail time for fraud and even though she announced her exit from Dance Moms last month, she’s still dealing with drama from the show. Her replacement, Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke seemingly threw shade at Abby in an Instagram post taken behind-the-scenes at a dance performance featuring Abby’s girls.
“Broke the curse,” Cheryl wrote, which many interpreted as a dig at Abby.
Scroll through the gallery below to see Abby’s weight loss transformation!