Morrissey: I'm not worried about cancer

Morrissey has announced he has been treated for "cancerous tissues" on four occasions.

Morrissey is undergoing treatment for cancer.

The former Smiths star has been in and out of hospital on several occasions over the last 18 months, but had previously not commented on his health. He has now confirmed doctors have found cancerous tissue in his body, although the 55-year-old singer hasn’t detailed which type of the disease he is battling.

“They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever. If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t. Right now I feel good,” he told Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

“I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that’s what illness can do. I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead.”

Despite his illness Morrissey has continued to work, with his latest record World Peace Is None of Your Business released in July. He promoted it with a tour before it hit stores, although he was forced to cancel the shows in June after he contracted a respiratory infection.

In August the star was dropped from Capitol Music and Harvest Records, but it seems that hasn’t caused him too much anxiety. He has been working on his debut novel and when it’s finished he hopes to give up music.

“I’m at an age when one should no longer be making music. Many composers of classical music died at age 34. And I’m still here, and nobody knows what to do with me,” he explained.

“The audience that I have is very young, which leads me to think that the songs of the Smiths, as with those of the Ramones, are more significant now than before…

“My novel is coming along well, but it would be presumptuous of me to talk about something that is not finalised yet. It will probably be published next year and with luck I will be able to stop singing forever, which would make many people happy!”
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Tuesday, 07. October 2014