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Janet Jackson Denies Cancer Rumors: ‘Believe It When You Hear It From My Lips’

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson performed in Miami on September 20, 2015 Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

Janet Jackson denied rumors that she has throat cancer in a lengthy Twitter post on Wednesday, January 6.

"From my lips…" the superstar tweeted, alongside a video that included her song "The Great Forever” (from her new album, Unbreakable) and a note about the false rumors.

Her team first tweeted out a note on Wednesday about an upcoming announcement. "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," the note read. Then the songstress shared her story.

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"Remember…believe it when you hear it from my lips," Jackson, 49, wrote in her message. "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."

Rampant speculation about her health condition began last month after Jackson announced that she would be postponing several stops from her Unbreakable world tour for surgery. "Hey you guys…Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!" the Grammy-winning singer shared 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."

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Extra reported on Wednesday that the tour will resume in late March. According to the outlet, doctors have cleared the singer to tour in Europe at that time.

While Jackson made no further comment about what type of surgery she was undergoing, one outlet wrote Tuesday about a vocal-cord "growth" that was possibly cancerous. Then, other outlets slowly picked up the story, resulting in Jackson's denial.

Jackson's 11th and most recent studio album, Unbreakable, was released last October. It was her first release since 2008’s Discipline.


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