Missy Elliott has spoken out to assure fans her battle with Graves' disease has not crippled her career, insisting the ailment "hasn't slowed me down at all."
The hip-hop star recently revealed she was diagnosed in 2008 with the autoimmune disease, which affects the thyroid, prompting speculation she's shied away from the spotlight due to ill health.
But the Work It hitmaker is adamant reports suggesting she's suffering from ill health are false.
A statement from the rapper reads, "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 Grave's 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 U.K., 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."