Janet Jackson is setting the record straight about the cancer rumors that are circulating around the internet — they are not true!
In December, the singer announced that she would be canceling several scheduled shows on her “Unbreakable” tour to have surgery after her doctors advised her to do so. Since Jackson didn’t say what exactly the surgery was for, fans started questioning whether or not she has cancer, more specifically throat cancer.
“Hey you guys… Happy Holidays to each and every one of you,” Jackson wrote in a Twitter message to her fans on December 24. “I need you to know, I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon. It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour until the spring. Every date will be rescheduled. Please hold on to your tickets. They will be honored in a special way when the new schedule is announced. Please pray for me, my family and our entire company during this difficult time. There will be no further comment. I love you all so much and am ever grateful for your understanding and your love. Gon’ b alright.”
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) January 8, 2016
Janet Jackson’s team sent out a tweet, revealing that she would be making an announcement on Wednesday. They explained that she originally didn’t want to make any more comments about her health but decided to after reading about the rumors.
“It was Janet’s wish not to make any further comments about her health, however, because of the great concern from around the world, Janet will be releasing a personal message shortly,” Jackson’s team wrote.
Later that day, Janet released her own message denying that she has any form of cancer and explained to her fans that she is currently recovering and will be able to continue the European leg of her “Unbreakable” tour. She also reassured her fans that the postponed concerts will be rescheduled.
“Remember… believe it when you hear it from my lips,” Jackson wrote. “The rumors are untrue. I do not have cancer. I’m recovering. My doctors have approved my concerts as scheduled in Europe, and as I promised, the postponed shows will be rescheduled. Thank you for your prayers and love.”
The Janet Jackson cancer rumors were stirred up after a news outlet suggested she had a growth on her vocal cords that could be cancerous. Other news outlets picked up on the story, prompting Jackson and her team to make a statement.
Janet Jackson’s 11th studio album, Unbreakable, was released in October, marking the first time she has released an album since 2008 when she released Discipline. Unbreakable was her seventh album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200. According to the Associated Press, reported via MSN,Jackson was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, but was not elected.
Below are the dates for Janet Jackson’s European tour:
March 30 – Birmingham, England – Barclaycard Arena
March 31 – London, England – The O2
April 4 – Glasgow, Scotland – The SSE Hydro
April 5 – Manchester, England – Manchester Arena
April 10 – Paris, France – Bercy
April 11 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
April 13 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
April 14 – Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
April 16 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi Electric Hall
April 18 – Berlin, Germany – Max Schmeling Halle
Following her concerts in Europe, Jackson will make several other stops before heading back to the United States to finish off her tour in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 29.
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