Morrissey is no stranger to illnesses, with his tour dates getting cancelled nearly as often as they are booked. But now, in a new Spanish-language interview the "Istanbul" singer has possibly revealed a new reason for his frequently cancelled shows and engagements... cancer.
In a typically nonchalant and macabre Morrissey fashion, the former Smiths frontman revealed that he has undergone multiple cancer treatments over the last four years.
"They have scraped cancerous tissues from me four times already, but who cares. If I die, then I die. And if not, then I don't. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in recent photos I look unwell, but that is what illness does. I'm not going to worry about that, I'll rest when I'm dead," he told El Mundo (via Morrissey-Solo.com).
Morrissey's cancer revelation is a shocking development in the 55-year-old's health. Though he has been treated for ulcers, pneumonia and a respritory infection in recent years, he never before revealed that he'd been battling a more serious illness.
The state of Morrissey's cancer is unconfirmed.
Later in the same El Mundo interview, Morrissey admitted that he may be too old to be hitting the road or making new music, though his worries seemed to be more stemmed in relevancy than in health.
"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 said. "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."
Morrissey is currently on tour in Europe in support of his new album World Peace is None of Your Business.