Actress and singer Rita Wilson wed the love her life, Tom Hanks, in 1984. But in 2015, she feared their life together might come to an end when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Wilson, who has two sons with the famed actor, revealed on Instagram Wednesday that she wasn’t sure if she’d make it through her cancer battle.
That led to her having a “serious discussion” with Hanks, she said. Wilson said she had to prep him on what to do if she didn’t make it.
The 62-year-old wrote on Instagram:
Four years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had so many different thoughts. You’re scared, anxious, you think about your own mortality.
So I had a serious discussion with my husband that if anything happens, I wanted him to be super sad for a very long time 😊 and I’d also like a party, a celebration.
Wilson said that moment was the inspiration behind her upcoming single, “Throw Me a Party,” which is set to be released in the coming days.
The songstress shared some of the very personal lyrics from the song on her Instagram story:
So when I’m gone throw me a party / You should dance as if I was there / Don’t be sad or brokenhearted / Send your voices up in the air.
Sing my songs and light up the sparklers / Tell my stories and drink all my wine / Know my life is just getting started / When I’m gone / Throw me a party.
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Four years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had so many different thoughts. You’re scared, anxious, you think about your own mortality. So I had a serious discussion with my husband that if anything happens, I wanted him to be super sad for a very long time 😊 and I’d also like a party, a celebration. Out of that story, I wrote ‘Throw Me a Party’ with @lizrose0606 and @kristianbush —3 DAYS until my new album #halfwaytohome is released. #throwmeparty #music #singer #songwriter
Thankfully, the star is now cancer free.
Wilson has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery since getting diagnosed, she told Harper’s Bazaar.
Recovery was long and caused her to struggle mentally after going through “something frightening,” she said. But over time, life started to return to normal.
Her new album, “Halfway to Home,” will be released on March 29.