BBC Race Across the World star releases lengthy statement after sharing diagnosis

Betty was emotional on last night's Race Across the World
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BBC Race Across the World contestant Betty, who is taking on the competition alongside her brother James, has released a lengthy and heartfelt statement following the "genuinely breathtaking" response to the latest episode. In emotional and candid scenes, Betty bravely opened up about her heartbreaking diagnosis that left her "without a womb".

During the episode that aired on Wednesday, May 22, Betty opened up about wanting to be "resilient" and "brave", but felt her condition - Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) Syndrome - left her in a "negative" mindset. The 25-year-old explained to the camera that after her 16th birthday, she was diagnosed with MRKH. The condition left her without a uterus, a womb, and one kidney. You can read more on this here.

Viewers were left sobbing by the raw and emotional interaction between Betty and James as she opened up to her brother, and the social media manager has now taken to X, formerly known as Twitter, to release a statement. She wrote: "First and foremost, I want to say the biggest thank you for Race Across the World, the BBC, Studio Lambert, and all the team of producers who have allowed it to be possible for me to share my little story with what feels like the whole world."

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She added: "I have received hundreds, upon thousands of private messages, tags, and comments. I cannot thank you enough. The nerves leading up to last night's episode have been completely squashed by the love of every single one of these messages and I want to make the effort to try and reply to you all.

"When going through the application process for Race, I was in two minds to even mention my condition of MRKH - as I've always been in somewhat denial of just how much my diagnosis has impacted me. The main reason I decided to mention it was awareness. To raise awareness for not only the disorder, and to infertility as a whole, but to try and represent people who have grown up in constant doubt of themselves, who are completely unaware of just how capable and able they are."

She continued: "I can confidently say I've spent the past ten years since my diagnosis being unsure of who I am, my direction, and my true purpose for being in this crazy world. And I know each day is a minefield of forward and backward steps in trying to work that out.

"After last night's episode, the response has been genuinely breathtaking and for the first time in ten years, my diagnosis feels somewhat worth it. For everyone who's messaged with MRKH. We are not alone. For everyone who has messaged with their success stories of surrogacy, adoption, fostering, thank you. For everyone who has said they are going to learn about MRKH or be more conscious of their wording when it comes to young women - thank you.

"My aim was never to change the world. All I ever wanted to do was resonate with one person in knowing that they are capable of way more than they give themselves, their mind, their bodies credit for. I am so full of gratitude right now. And I'm just trying to process and take it all in." You can keep up to date with the latest TV and showbiz news by signing up to the newsletter here.