Update: Sadly, Nightbirde lost her battle with cancer on 19 February, 2022. STYLE conducted the below interview with the budding songstress in August 2021 after she made the shock announcement to leave American Idol. If there’s anyone that exemplifies beauty both inside and out, it’s Nightbirde. The singer, born Jane Marczewski, flew onto the world’s radar when she sang about her struggle with cancer on season 16 of America’s Got Talent . Is health tourism the big post-pandemic luxury hotel trend? She soared through the audition having received the coveted “Golden Buzzer” from Simon Cowell, which took her straight to the quarter finals. She then made it through those and would have competed in the live semi-finals on August 10 if it weren’t for a devastating setback: Marczewski announced this week that she would be dropping out of the show as her health had “taken a turn for the worse”. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nightbirde ⚡️ (@_nightbirde) During her audition, the singer shared that she had a “2 per cent chance of survival” with cancer in her lungs, spine and liver. Nevertheless, she still managed to look on the bright side, saying “2 per cent isn’t 0 per cent. Two per cent is something and I wish people knew how amazing it is”. I approached her to chat about her life for my Beautiful Inside/Out column, and she has a lot to say about her understanding of pain and well-being. Gene genie: how DNA tests may help you beat disease and lose weight The It’s OK singer explains that she is so open about her pain because she does not want to lie to herself and others on social media. “When you can show you are an ‘imperfect person’ to the world, then it does not matter if they like you or not, because you have already accepted yourself,” she says. She points out that pain can often be attached to stigma and be associated with weakness and shame, but “it just takes one brave person to tell the truth”. View this post on Instagram A post shared by America's Got Talent - AGT (@agt) Marczewski has certainly shown ample bravery in her life so far. The 30-year-old singer-songwriter was first diagnosed with cancer in 2017, which was treated and pronounced medically cleared. By early January 2020, however, she was told that her cancer had returned and spread to her liver, lungs and spine. Two weeks after that, her husband asked for a divorce, which pushed things to the breaking point for her. US$1,700 a night to stay on Larry Ellison’s Hawaiian spa retreat? “I literally wished to be put to rest,” Marzewski says. With the help of loved ones, however, she altered her outlook on life, and has since discovered the importance of positive thinking. “Our thoughts have so much power over our body and our lives,” she says. “I do not know how this world works, but I know for sure the words that we say impact our reality.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nightbirde ⚡️ (@_nightbirde) She explains that while she was searching for fame before adversity struck, pain has since taught her a valuable lesson about what matters the most to her: “Life does not owe you anything – anything you get is a gift. The ‘goals’ we seek out of life, all they are is just an attempt to fill up the emptiness in us.” F9’s Jordana Brewster on eating disorders, mental health and Hollywood Today, she is the voice we didn’t know we needed in a tough world during tough times, balancing inner strength with self-awareness; a realistic outlook with a core of optimism. 5 Hong Kong stars who opened up about their mental health struggles “None of us are everything we wish we were,” she says. “The purpose of my life is to show people what is possible.” Watch the video of the interview here: Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .