Songstress Katie Melua, while not all that well known in the United States, is one of Britain’s biggest pop stars, with seven studio albums that have sold well enough to make her one of the wealthiest young musicians in the U.K., with a fortune estimated at over $19 million.
So imagine her horror when a bizarre sound in her ear made her believe she was losing her hearing, if not her mind. The scratching sound just wouldn’t go away for an entire week, and was driving the talented 30-year-old singer crazy. So she went to a doctor to see what was causing the disturbing issue.
The doctor located the problem quickly, and thankfully for Melua, cleared the problem right up. But what he discovered inside the ear of the singing star gave her, and even the doctor, the creeps.
Inside the ear of Katie Melua was a tiny spider, who been making his home there for seven whole days.
Katie Melua, who once had a hit single with a tune called “Spider’s Web,” is pictured above. And here is the little arachnid who moved in and set up house in her ear canal.
So how in the world did the spider find its way into the ear of the Georgia-born singer, who became a U.K. citizen in 2005? She believes the culprit was a pair of earbuds she wore on a plane. She posted a picture of the offending earbuds on her Instagram account.
“Basically I used these old in-ear monitors to block out sound on a flight, a little spider must have been in them and crawled inside my ear and stayed there for the week,” she wrote on the Instagram page. “Though the thing looked terrifying up-close on the doctor’s camera, once he took him out it was pretty small, and now it’s in this little test tube, alive and seemingly fine.”
The doctor who removed the tiny spider told Melua that while he had extracted dead bugs from the ears of patients before, her spider was the first one he’d taken out alive.
Indeed the spider, as far as Katie Melua knows, is still alive. She made sure of that. According to her publicist, the kind-hearted crooner released the little guy into her own garden.