The Hairy Bikers and former Strictly star Dave Myers has cancer

EXCLUSIVE ‘I may be a baldy biker for a while’: The Hairy Bikers and former Strictly star Dave Myers reveals he is battling cancer

  • TV chef Dave Myers has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently going through chemotherapy, MailOnline can reveal 
  • The Hairy Bikers star, 64, who competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, admitted: ‘I haven’t been too well recently’ and ‘this year is a write off’ 
  • Speaking about his medical condition with his TV cooking partner and Hairy Biker other half, Si King, 55, he said: ‘It’s simply something I have to live with’ 
  • The podcaster, who’s married to wife Lily, has chosen not to publicly reveal the type of cancer he has and insists ‘I’m going to be fine’ 
  • Dave has suffered with ill health in the past after being diagnosed with a cyst on his brain in 1998, and later glaucoma, an eye condition that can lead to blindness
  • Latest Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news on Series 30 judges, dancers and contestants here
  • Dave Myers has cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, vowing: ‘I will get over this.’ 

    The Hairy Bikers star, 64, who competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, revealed ‘I haven’t been too well recently’ and ‘this year is a write off’, whilst reassuring fans ‘the prognosis is okay.’

    Speaking about his medical condition with his TV cooking partner and Hairy Biker other half, Si King, 55, he said: ‘I may be a baldy biker for a while… it’s simply something I have to live with.’

    'I don't want to hide under a rock': Dave Myers has cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, vowing: 'I will get over this' (pictured in September 2021)

    ‘I don’t want to hide under a rock’: Dave Myers has cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, vowing: ‘I will get over this’ (pictured in September 2021) 

    Dave said: ‘Anyway Kingy, I’ve got to come clean now, I haven’t been too well recently and basically, I’ve got to have some chemo, you know all this anyway, so this year is going to be a bit quiet for me, I’m not going to be filming, some of the festivals I’m not going to be able to go to, some may be okay but this year’s a bit of a write off for us.

    ‘I have had to speak up about this because I don’t want to hide under a rock, but I would love it if people respected my privacy and just let me get on with it and give Si and our team all the support they need, that would be great. But look, the prognosis is okay, I’m going to be fine.’

    He continued: ‘I’ve just got to tuck in, look after myself, eat sensibly and get over this mess, flog books, and be a happy person so within that, that’s where I am.

    ‘I may be a baldy biker for a while so it’s just a warning, I don’t want to make a fuss about it, I look alright bald actually.’

    'I've got to come clean': The Hairy Bikers star, who competed on Strictly in 2013, revealed 'I haven't been too well recently' and 'this year is a write off', whilst reassuring fans 'the prognosis is okay' (pictured in 2013)

    ‘I’ve got to come clean’: The Hairy Bikers star, who competed on Strictly in 2013, revealed ‘I haven’t been too well recently’ and ‘this year is a write off’, whilst reassuring fans ‘the prognosis is okay’ (pictured in 2013)

    Talking on their podcast The Hairy Bikers – Agony Uncles, Si replied: ‘No listen, when I first met you dude you looked like an upside down Hells Angel so I like that look, I’ve always liked that look, you look cool’ with Dave saying: ‘Yeah I know, and under different circumstances I would embrace it more but I feel under these circumstances it’s simply something I have to live with.’ 

    Dave, who married wife Lily in 2011 after the pair met while he was filming The Hairy Bikers in Romania, has chosen not to publicly reveal the type of cancer he has. 

    In 2018, the TV chef, whose new book Simply Healthy Food is out on May 12, spoke about overhauling his lifestyle, after being warned by doctors when he weighed 18 stone that he was ‘heading for an early grave.’

    He said: ‘I was a Northern carbohydrate monster who was morbidly obese six years ago and weighed over 18 stone. Si and I were warned we were morbidly obese and heading for an early grave, so our weight loss saved our lives.

    'This year's a bit of a write off': Speaking about his medical condition with his TV cooking partner and Hairy Biker other half, Si King, he said: 'I maybe a baldy biker for a while'

    ‘This year’s a bit of a write off’: Speaking about his medical condition with his TV cooking partner and Hairy Biker other half, Si King, he said: ‘I maybe a baldy biker for a while’ 

    Support: Dave, who married wife Lily (pictured) in 2011 after the pair met while he was filming The Hairy Bikers in Romania, has chosen not to publicly reveal the type of cancer he has

    Support: Dave, who married wife Lily (pictured) in 2011 after the pair met while he was filming The Hairy Bikers in Romania, has chosen not to publicly reveal the type of cancer he has

    ‘I’m 6ft, now around 15 stone and aim to drop to 14 stone. I cycle, jog, and eat as healthily as possible. I’d never have managed to take part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 if I hadn’t got healthy.’

    Dave has suffered with illness in the past after being diagnosed with a cyst on his brain in 1998, and later glaucoma, which is an eye condition that can lead to blindness. 

    He admits worrying about his health has impacted his mental wellbeing over the years after enduring the loss of both his parents by the time he was just 23.

    Dave’s dad died from a stroke and his mum multiple sclerosis, causing him to ‘hate anything to do with illness.’

    The same year he was diagnosed with having a cyst on his brain, Dave sadly lost his fiancée to cancer, previously describing 1998 as the worst year of his life. 

    In celebration of his weight loss, Dave competed in Strictly with pro partner Karen Hauer, 40, and said once he was eliminated it had been a ‘spectacular privilege’ to take part. 

    Dave met best friend and co-star Si in 1995 and together the duo have gained millions of fans through their popular BBC cookery series and books, as well as their Agony Uncles podcast. 








    Keep dancing: Dave competed in Strictly with pro partner Karen Hauer and said once he was eliminated it had been a 'spectacular privilege' to take part

    Keep dancing: Dave competed in Strictly with pro partner Karen Hauer and said once he was eliminated it had been a ‘spectacular privilege’ to take part