"I started breaking down in tears and screaming, and I couldn't even hear myself scream," Foxy Brown told People Magazine. "I ran outside to my truck and honked the horn. Nothing. I ran back inside and dialed a number on the phone. Nothing. Then I started breaking down in tears and screaming and I couldn't even hear myself scream. That's when I knew there was a problem."
Rapper Foxy Brown has suffered a sudden and severe hearing loss that became apparent last May when she went totally deaf. According to reports, she made the condition worsen after trying to hide the hearing loss in hopes that medication could help restore everything. Foxy also added that she had been deaf for four months without speaking out.
A New York Otolaryngology specialist called Foxy's case "severe." It is caused by a viral infection and the rare condition affects only about one in 10,000 people.
"I know God is working on me," Foxy told People. "I'm on a personal journey. I believe God wants to be the only voice I hear right now. I know I will be all right."
The rap star, real name Inga Marchand, isn't naming names but admits there were some high-profile pals who turned their backs on her when they learned of her disability.
"When you go through a crisis, you really see who is there for you..." she said. "A lot of people that I thought would be there through thick and thin have completely disappeared. Because I couldn't hear, I was no longer useful to them. I couldn't put a record out."
She says the snubs have only made her stronger and have given her the incentive to fight. "I decided when they see me, I'm going to be the same Foxy, looking head to toe gorgeous."