American actress Farrah Fawcett, who calls herself to be a very private person, says that she would prefer that her battle with cancer was not made public.
Fawcett, 62, who yearns for privacy, spoke to Los Angeles Times reporter Charles Ornstein about her terminal condition, and the ordeal of constantly being scrutinised.
"It's much easier to go through something and deal with it without being under a microscope," the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.
"I'm a private person.
"I'm shy about people knowing things. And I'm really shy about my medical (care)," she said.
The actress had spoken to Ornstein in August of 2008, before her condition worsened, but the interview was recently run in anticipation of "Farrah's Story", a two-hour NBC documentary Fawcett filmed with her friend Alana Stewart, which will air this Friday.
Fawcett was infuriated especially by staff at the UCLA Medical Center, where she underwent chemotherapy, for leaking false reports about her condition to the tabloids.
She specifically mentions a December 2006 story headline, which read "Farrah Begs: 'Let Me Die'."
"God, I would never say something like that. To think that people who did look up to me and felt positive because I was going through it too and yet I was strong ... it just negated all that," she added.