Katie Melua has revealed she had a spider living in her ear for several days.
The singer told fans online that she started hearing "shuffling noises" and when she had it investigated it turned out to be a spider which she believes crawled into her ear from her headphones.
The star - who once released a single called Spider's Web - posted a picture of the arachnid on Instagram and wrote: "So I had a rustling in my ear for a week and went to the doctor to have it checked out this morning. THIS little fella is what they found!"
She added a picture of some earphones and continued: "Basically I used these old in-ear monitors to block out sound on a flight, little spider must have been in them and crawled inside my ear and stayed there for the week. It was no hassle at all, apart from the occasional shuffling noises..."
Katie, 30, revealed the spider survived being removed, and shared a snap of it safely inside a jar.
"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," she said.
A spokesman for the singer told the Daily Mail: "The ear specialist said he'd never in his career taken out a live bug before. Plenty of dead ones. When it was out it was pretty tiny.
"Katie kept it in the test tube and released it in her garden when she got home. Apart from shuffling and random noises in her ear, the spider was no bother for the entire week it lived there. She was relieved it was what it was as she was worried she was losing her hearing."