The pop star wife of South Yorkshire superbike champ James Toseland has discovered she had a spider living in her ear - for a week.
Katie Melua had been bugged by a shuffling noise inside her head and, when she went to the doctor, discovered to her shock it was caused by a spider living in her ear.
The 30-year-old – who once released a single called Spider’s Web – believes the creature had previously been living in a pair of headphones she used on a flight.
Once the doctor had removed the creature, Katie posted pictures of the find online.
“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.
“Though the thing looked terrifying up-close on the doctor’s camera, once he took him out using a micro-hoover it was pretty small, and now it’s in this little test tube, alive and seemingly fine.”
Katie later released the spider in the garden of the home she shares with Doncaster-born Toseland, who was brought up in Kiveton Park, Rotherham. He has swapped motorbikes for music, formerly with a band, Crash, and now solo.