Singer John Newman has confirmed the news that his brain tumour has sadly returned.
John first discovered he had a tumour back in 2012, when he started losing his sight. In an interview with the Evening Standard in 2013, he said: “I started going blind. But being Northern, I just thought, ‘I’m fine, I’ll just need some glasses’. I went to the opticians, and they sent me to the eye hospital. They sent me to a neurosurgeon and they told me I had a non-cancerous tumour and they had to take it out. I was starting to shake, I was so scared.”
Earlier today, a source claimed that John’s tumour had returned, stating that “He’s known about it for a while but has kept it a closely guarded secret, confiding only in those closest to him – his mum, brother and a few loyal members of his family.”
In a statement, John has since confirmed the sad news, but remained positive and urged fans not to worry about him.
“This was going to come out at some point and it’s probably best it’s out in the open now. I have been monitored constantly since the first time I had the tumour removed” he said. “There was always a chance that it could return and it is unfortunate, but it is something I am prepared to get through when the time is right, some point next year. The medical staff have been absolutely amazing and I know I am in the best of hands.”
Nothing will ever stop me from doing the job I love so much, nothing will ever stop me from making music. People shouldn’t worry about me, the prognosis is good and there are so many people in far more serious situations.
He continued: “I just hope this in some way helps raise awareness for those people and encourages people to be tested and treated as early as possible. I am one of the lucky ones!”
We admire John’s positivity and strength during this difficult time, and hope that his bravery in speaking so openly about his health will inspire others. We send him all our love and wish him a speedy recovery.