Former Smiths singer Morrissey recently revealed he’s been undergoing cancer treatment for quite some time.

The 55-year-old did not specify what type of cancer he is battling but shared that doctors “scraped cancerous tissues four times already.”

The songwriter is surprisingly calm about his future, stating, “If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t. Right now I feel good.”


Morrissey (center) performing with The Smiths circa 1984

Besides cancer, Morrissey has dealt with a wide range of health issues in the last 18 months including a bleeding ulcer, a double bout of pneumonia, food poisoning and a respiratory infection, which caused him to cancel his U.S. tour.

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

The Brit also talked about quitting music once he completes his first novel. “I’m at an age when one should no longer be making music,” he told Spanish newspaper El Mundo. “Many composers of classical music died at age 34. And I’m still here, and nobody knows what to do with me.”

The performer, who was dropped by his record label in July, added, “My novel is coming along well, but it would be presumptuous of me to talk about something that is not finalized yet…With luck I will be able to stop singing forever, which would make many people happy!”