After hearing reports that having Graves's disease was hurting her career, Missy Elliott released a statement to say she was coping with the thyroid condition just fine.
"There have been some inaccuracies reported in regards to my diagnosis with Graves' Disease, so I wanted to clear things up. I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease about three years ago but it really hasn't slowed me down at all.
I rocked my performance on VH1 Hip Hop Honors' tribute to Timbaland last year. I've written and produced a bunch of Grammy-nominated, #1 hits for artists like Keyshia Cole, Monica and Jasmine Sullivan. I toured the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. And on top of all that, I'm working on my new album.
I feel great. Under my doctor's supervision, I've been off medication for about a year and I'm completely managing the condition through diet and exercise."
There's still no cure for Graves' disease and although it can affect energy levels and appearance, symptoms can be managed, which Missy seems to be doing well. Her next album with producer Timbaland will be titled Block Party.