Maria Menounos blame ‘bullying’ and a toxic environment contribute to a brain tumor

Maria Menounos opens up about health and a stressful life in the entertainment industry. Here, Menounos arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.


Maria Menounos is the confession about her health.

On Thursday, Menounos sit down with Access Hollywood and opened up about how working in the entertainment industry caused severe stress on her body — stress that they think affected badly in her heath.

“I think the chronic stress on the body is really bad,” the former E! News host said.

In July, Menounos shared the news that her mother was in the process of fighting stage four brain cancer. Three months later, Menounos a scan and learned that she had a brain tumor. According to US Weekly, but her tumor is not cancer, the talk show host underwent surgery to have the “golf-ball size meningioma brain tumor removed.

“What this has done is to shift my focus more on as a spirit, the body, the spiritual nature of the ground that needs to be done,” she said. “I think this has convinced me to give me more time, mentally, to breathe.”

Menounos, who has a twenty-year career in the entertainment industry, E! News as a correspondent in 2014 and took over the hosting gig from fellow E! alum, Giuliana Rancic, in 2015. After receiving her diagnosis in July, Menounos announced that she would resign from E! after only three years on the show.

“I think the industry, I think that there is a lot of bullying, a lot of toxicity. I think it’s just a rough trip,” she explained. “You know, there is the glitz and glam that everyone can see ─ and yes, I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of it ─ but there are some difficult times and I know for sure that you are not immune to these difficult times.”

Menounos talked about balancing a busy lifestyle and necessary to the health of the first. The 39-year-old said that she put off her MRI too long and was not focused on her health.

“I mean, as women, you know what, we are putting ourselves last, we put our health last,” she said. “I suggested that MRI for months because I thought I was crazy, I thought I was paranoid and I put my mother’s health first, which I mean is understandable, because it was crucial ─ but we have to focus more on ourselves.”

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