Patti LaBelle: Why She Regrets Having Plastic Surgery

Patti LaBelle admits to having one real regret in life – and no, it’s not the bucket hair!

The Philadelphia-bred songstress told “Access Hollywood” if she could do anything over again in her life, it would be the decision to get plastic surgery. The ‘New Attitude’ singer admitted during her interview with the news magazine show that now at age 70, she has second-guessed her choice to get a nose job.

“I would tell my younger self not to have problems with the way I looked… not to worry about that nose,” she offered. “I had a bigger nose, so I had a nose job – that’s the only surgery I’ve ever had on my face or my body.”

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Patti LaBelle with bucket hair

In her 1996 memoir, “Don’t Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime” LaBelle discusses how it was seeing R&B/Broadway superstar Stephanie Mills that made her decide to get a nose job. It was the early 1980’s and Mills had come to visit LaBelle at her home.

She wrote: “From the moment Stephanie walked through the door, I couldn’t stop staring at her. She looked so radiant, so rested, so refined. I started firing questions at her. ‘Girl, who is doing your hair? Are wearing new makeup? Do you have a new stylist? Give me the name of whatever spa you’ve been going to.’ That’s when Stephanie gave me the 4-1-1 on her new look. It wasn’t the hair, the makeup or the clothes. It was her nose. She’d had it done.”

LaBelle said she had her then-husband Armstead Edwards find her a plastic surgeon who could give her a “more attractive nose” that fit her face, but “not a white-girl nose that looked like it should be on Barbie’s face.”

Looking back, the Grammy winner said it wasn’t the best decision for her.

“I was beating up myself for the way my nose looked and my nose was fine before I changed it, but it was my way of thinking that once I got on TV it’s gonna look bigger,” she recalled, before adding: “I would have said, ‘Patti, back in the day you shouldn’t have touched your nose. Be yourself.'”

Patti LaBelle before her nose job and afterwards

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