Morrissey Fighting Cancer, Spanish Interview Suggests

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.07.14 in News

Morrissey‘s recent health troubles may have included a bout with cancer.

The former Smiths singer has recently been granting interviews to various outlets ahead of his current European tour, including Spain’s El País, Italy’s La Repubblica, Portugal’s Expresso and Switzerland’s The Swiss Music Show. In an interview with El Mundo, as posted on the Morrissey-Solo fansite and pointed out by The Guardian, he appears to make his first reference to having undergone treatment for cancer.

In Spanish, Morrissey is quoted as saying, “Me han raspado tejidos cancerosos en cuatro ocasiones ya, pero qué más da.” Using Google Translate, this comes out at as, “I have been scraping cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever.” He adds, “Si me muero, pues me muero.” In English: “If I die, then I die.”

A spokesperson for Morrissey’s recent label, Harvest Records, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. The iconic U.K. singer released his latest album, World Peace is None of Your Business, in July. He has since criticized Harvest, and the album came down from iTunes and Spotify. Morrissey has canceled an assortment of gigs going back to 2012, with explanations including a respiratory infection, food poisoning, a bleeding ulcer, pneumonia and an ailing mother.

Morrissey launched his European tour last night in Lisbon, with his band wearing “Fuck Harvest” T-shirts. His next scheduled concert is Thursday, October 9, in Madrid. According to El Mundo, he’s also working on a novel, which he said will probably be published next year.

If Morrissey ends up clarifying reports of his cancer treatment, any comment will likely come through his semi-official mouthpiece, True to You.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr‘s new album, Playland, is out this week.

Below, via Pitchfork, watch Morrissey and his “Fuck Harvest” crew perform the Smiths’ “Hand in Glove” at last night’s Lisbon tour opener.