Russell Brand cancels string of shows as mother Barbara diagnosed with breast cancer

The comedian confirmed he ditched a string of dates in order to spend more time with his ill mother

Russell Brand has cancelled a string of forthcoming shows to spend time with his mother Barbara after he revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Speculation about the comedian’s own health started after he pulled out of a Glasgow show due to “family reasons” recently, before cancelling a sold-out date at Derby’s Assembly Rooms shortly afterwards.

Brand has since spoken publically about his mother’s illness, saying on his video blog The Trews (scroll down to watch the video), telling YouTube followers earlier this week: "My mother has currently got breast cancer."

He went on to express his opinion about The Sun’s ‘Check-em Tuesday’ CoppaFeel! Charity campaign, which encourages women to examine their own breasts for unusual lumps.

"I don't feel that this is helping. The NHS, which is slowly being destroyed, that's quite useful.

"The support groups she's attended that the NHS encouraged (are useful), but this, I don't know if it's doing my mum a lot of good [sic]."

 

He has since posted the following message to his fans on Twitter:

Brand’s mother Barbara single-handedly brought him up in Essex after his father Ron Brand left the family home when Russell was  just six months old.

She was first diagnosed with cancer when, he details in his autobiography My Booky Wook, he was "too young, in fact, to properly comprehend what was happening, only old enough to sense the tingling presence of fear."

Barbara survived uterus cancer when Brand was just eight years old and overcame breast cancer just a year later.

Brand is set to discuss drug addiction in a new episode of Oprah Winfrey's Oprah Prime, the series which was previously known as Oprah's Next Chapter.


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