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Sonia Rykiel has revealed the sad news that she's been suffering from Parkinson's disease for 15 years. The 81-year-old designer has spilled the beans about her heath battle in a new book, N'oubliez Pas Que Je Joue (Don't Forget It's A Game), co-written with Judith Perrignon.

Rykiel, who has penned several novels, says she can no longer hide the disease nor its symptoms which includes trembling. She also added that her colleagues tried to conceal her condition by not allowing her to be photographed with the cane which she has been using for many years.

"I don't want to show my pain. I resisted, I hesitated, I tried to be invisible, to pretend that nothing was wrong. It's impossible, it's not like me," she writes.

She was well enough to attend her label's last ready-to-wear show, which is now designed by her daughter Nathalie Rykiel, on March 2. In the book, Rykiel refers to the illness as "P de P", which stands for 'Putain de Parkinson' - or 'bitch of Parkinson's' in English. It is good to see she still has some bite in her!