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Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo Is Coming Forward About His Grueling Cancer Battle

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Jamie Luis Gomez, a.k.a. Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, is breaking his silence about his private and excruciating battle with cancer. For two years, Taboo quietly battled against stage 2 testicular cancer and ultimately beat the disease. Since conquering the disease, Taboo is using his celebrity to give hope and awareness to cancer as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society.

Taboo first realized something was questionable with his health in 2014 when he felt pain in his back and abdomen.

Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) / Facebook
CREDIT: Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) / Facebook

According to People magazine, Taboo initially thought it was just the flu.

“I was so busy working that I wasn’t worried about it, but I went to the emergency room to get checked out,” Taboo told People.

A series of tests proved that he had testicular cancer and Taboo credits will.i.am for getting him in touch with a doctor immediately.


“The very next day I went into surgery to have the ‘mother ship’ removed. But my fight had just begun,” Taboo told People. “My family and the group were all in shock, but will.i.am instantly reached out to a great doctor who helped me figure out a treatment plan. I was racing against the clock.”

Despite his “intense, aggressive” chemotherapy, Taboo tried to keep his spirits up.


“There were times that I wanted to give up, but I became inspired by sports figures who have gone through similar battles,” Taboo told People. “I began channeling my energy into the thing that keeps me alive and spirited: music.”

Now, as a cancer survivor, Taboo is using his fame and music to bring attention to the real impacts of cancer.


“I’m not trying to leave just a catalog of music. I want to leave a legacy that speaks to humanity,” Taboo says in his American Cancer Society PSA. “And that’s why I’m very, very honored that I got the opportunity to join forces with the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is making a big difference.”

He just released a new song “The Fight” and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.


“I created ‘The Fight’ that will be on cancer.org and let people know, like, we’re not going to curl up in a ball and say, ‘Oh. I got cancer. This is it,'” Taboo said during his interview on The Doctors. “No. We’re warriors. We’re fighters. We can get through anything.”

Taboo told The Doctors that he’s staying visible because his Native American and Latino communities don’t get educated on cancer as much as other communities.

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CREDIT: The Doctors / YouTube

But he wants to make it clear that he’s not doing this to lecture people on their health.

The Doctors / YouTube
CREDIT: The Doctors / YouTube

“But, most of all, it’s like, how can I be as real and as effective and inspire people through my journey and let people know about my experience,” Taboo said on The Doctors.

Taboo has been cancer-free for over two years, but there’s more to this happy ending. After being told by doctors that he might never have kids again, Taboo and his wife welcomed their newest bundle of joy just eight months before he went public with his story.

Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) / Facebook
CREDIT: Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) / Facebook

READ: Here’s The Amazing Way This Mexican Doctor Is Helping Children Fight Cancer

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Emotions Are Running High After Lauren Jauregui Was Photographed Kissing Carlos Vives' Daughter

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Emotions Are Running High After Lauren Jauregui Was Photographed Kissing Carlos Vives’ Daughter

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A leaked photo of Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui kissing Lucy Vives, the daughter of Colombian singer Carlos Vives, has sent Harmonizers into an emotional battle. Some are excited for the revelation,  supporting the Cuban-American pop star, and some are devastated that Camren might be over. Here’s how it all went down on Twitter…

Here are the photos that started the whole ordeal.


According to Latina, Lauren Jauregui was attending a family wedding when the photos were taken and they were ultimately leaked.

Immediately, fans were heartbroken that Camren might be over.

https://twitter.com/iamAngieorNills/status/798025226751803392


Camren is the relationship name given to the fan-theorized relationship between Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui.

And others are just so happy that Jauregui is doing what she wants to do.

https://twitter.com/DanaMendezCJ/status/798309533516988417


How nice to see fans stick by their faves.

A handful of fans just don’t understand why people even care about a same-sex kiss.


Yeah. They could totally just be friends who like to kiss and bite lips. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

People want others to stop trying to label the pop singer because she should be allowed to live her life as she wants.


#PREACH ?

For the most part fans want Jauregui to be happy.

https://twitter.com/5hislife9231/status/799148120923721728


?❤️?

But there are a few feeling a little jealousy after the photo was leaked.

https://twitter.com/T_Kennedy9/status/798183178326441984


Like, who wouldn’t want to get a kiss from Jauregui?

Fans are sending her messages of love and acceptance.

https://twitter.com/Celly_Jauregui/status/799363688004198401


Hopefully Jauregui will see the message and realize just how much her fans love her.

They’re even pissed that someone would put their girl’s private life out there like that.


Unfortunately, social media is quickly and aggressively erasing the line between a private and public life.

Issues have been raised about the invasion of privacy this leaked photo is causing.


Though, tbh, it seems like fans are loving her even more since the photo came to light. #NotADefense

Though, let’s not forget that some fans are legit grieving the end of #Camren.


No llores, mijita. It was just a kiss. For all we know, Camren is still alive and well.


READ: How Fifth Harmony Went from Fan Girls to Being Part of an Epic Musical Tour

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