John Newman, the 26-year-old U.K. pop singer best known for his collaborations with Calvin Harris, has confirmed that he is once again battling a brain tumor.
In a statement shared with Fuse, Newman calls the situation “unfortunate” but vows to continue recording music. He had a benign brain tumor removed back in 2012.
Here’s the full statement:
“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. 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. 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!”
John Newman has become a sensation overseas thanks to solo singles like “Love Me Again” and collaborations like “Not Giving In,” his team-up with Rudimental. “Blame,” a single with Harris, was a Top 20 hit in the U.S., and Newman recently re-teamed with the superstar producer on the single “Olé.”
Watch Newman chat with Fuse about his throwback sound below: