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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Janet Jackson Denies Cancer Rumours


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Pop star Janet Jackson has used her own lyrics to deny rumours she has throat cancer.

Concerns spread earlier this week, when US media reported "sources close to the singer" saying doctors had found a growth on her vocal cords.

Jackson responded by quoting her song The Great Forever on social media: "Sources say but where ya gettin' it? Don't create the truth you like."

In a statement, she added: "The rumours are untrue. I do not have cancer."

The singer announced just before the new year she would postpone several 2016 dates on her Unbreakable world tour, telling fans she had been advised to have surgery.

"I need you to know, I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon," she wrote. "It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable tour until the spring."

Jackson didn't elaborate on her condition at the time, saying: "There will be no further comment." Image copyrightJanet Jackson / Twitter

The cancer rumour originated on US gossip site Radaronline and was rapidly reported by media outlets. The unnamed source was quoted as saying Jackson's family were "terrified" as they awaited test results.

The singer's response was preceded by a message from her publicists, which said: "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."

After denying the cancer rumour, the 49-year-old stated: "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."

Her UK tour dates, which include concerts in Birmingham, Glasgow and London this March and April, are still scheduled to go ahead


By Mark Savage Music reporter 

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