For months, dates for Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour have been canceled due to the singer reportedly needing to rest her voice. Now that the tour has been officially postponed, an insider is claiming that her medical issues are actually due to a cancerous tumor on her throat that could threaten her career.
A source close to the 49-year-old singer reportedly told RADAR Online that doctors have “found a growth on Janet’s vocal cords that could be serious” and that it will require immediate medical attention. Jackson, who released Unbreakable in October and launched the tour to promote the album in August, seemed to support speculation that something serious was going on when she made a post on social media revealing that the tour was being postponed due to a medical emergency.
“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,” she wrote. “It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour until the spring … Please pray for me, my family and our entire company during this difficult time…There will be no further comment.”
Dr. Stuart Fischer told Radar that if Jackson goes through the months of radiation treatments that are generally required for patients with throat cancer, she would have to use an artificial voice box that would enable her to speak, but make it impossible for her to sing.
“God forbid that this should be cancer of the larynx,” said Dr. Fischer. “That would abruptly end her ability to ever perform again.”