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Never judge a book by its cover. There’s always an untold story written on the pages of a person’s heart.

Gospel singer Kierra Sheard is sharing the reason for her recent weight gain: the loss of a close friend.

In a new blog post, the BET “Sunday Best” host says, during her days as a panel judge on the hit show, “I worked out before every show in my hotel room until I got a call that my best friend wasn’t doing well in the hospital.”

In the online journal entry titled, “Ridding Myself Of All The Crap!” the 28-year-old continues, “Sadly, I lost her to sickle cell and I noticed that I completely stopped working out and just started eating whatever I wanted.”

After the blood disorder ended the life of Tamika Juanita Halliburton, Sheard, who had dropped 80 pounds after formerly tipping the scales at 300 pounds, medicated her pain with unwholesome comfort foods.

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