Cyndi Lauper is getting candid about her health and secret battle with psoriasis.
During a recent sit-down with People, the 62-year-old singer revealed she was diagnosed with the debilitating skin condition in 2010 after discovering what she thought was simply a rash on her scalp.
"First, I thought I just had a really bad bleach job [on my hair]," she recalled. "[But] it was so bad, I felt like the Elephant Man."
Cyndi in LA in October 2014.
Two years later, the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" songstress discovered the skin irritation again, but this time it was worse. "My whole entire body was covered in a rash and scaly skin. And then it just stared creeping up my neck. I felt swallowed by it," she said.
"I tried every kind of natural cure I could. It was like I Love Lucy — I felt like a mad scientist mixing this and that. My immune system got a little wacky, and it took my strength away. My skin was so inflamed, it could not regulate hot and cold, so I had the chills all the time. I lost [my voice]. I stopped singing for a while. I felt depressed and I felt horrible," she said.
Cyndi performing in Aprili 2011.
Today, Cyndi is working to bring awareness to the disease with the National Psoriasis Foundation and Novartis through their new campaign More to Psoriasis.com.
"I'm not alone. There are 7.5 million Americans with this... You don't have to suffer in silence or live in pain. It's not just a rash. It's a disease," she said.