About a week ago there was ongoing rumor from the camp of Janet Jackson, 47, to the media that doctors had found a growth on her vocal chord. Although there was no mention of what was being treated, she posted this on Instagram the same day.
Hey you guys… Happy Holidays to each and every one of you. 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.
Today, the rumor mills turned and said it was cancer. The gossip which started with a tabloid is being wildly shared by media outlets. The unnamed source was quoted as saying Jackson’s family were “terrified” as they awaited test results.
In reply, She quoted her song The Great Forever on social media: “Sources say but where ya gettin’ it? Don’t create the truth you like.”. Its lyrics continue: “[You] don’t like seeing people happy / Is it jealousy or personal? / Cause I don’t see why loving someone / Or what I do seem so radical to you.”
She also released an official statement, saying…
Remember… believe it when you hear it from my lips.
The rumors are untrue. I do not have cancer. I’m recovering.
My doctors have postponed my concerts as scheduled in Europe,
And as I promised, the postponed shows will be rescheduled.
The song Jackson quoted, The Great Forever, takes aim at the media’s coverage of her personal life and the Jackson family in general. The song is taken from her current album, Unbreakable, which reached number one in the US last October.
It is her first release since her brother, Michael, died in 2009, which prompted the singer to take a step back from the public eye.
Janet’s rescheduled tour in Birmingham, Glasgow and London will occur this March and April.
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