Black Eyed Peas star Taboo has revealed that he has been fighting testicular cancer.
The star, whose real name is Jaime Luis Gomez, candidly opened up about his private battle after being diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer in 2014.
“It all started with a pain in my back and abdomen,” he told People. “I was so busy working that I wasn’t worried about it, but I went to the emergency room to get checked out.
“The very next day I went into surgery to have the ‘mother ship’ removed. But my fight had just begun.
“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.”
Taboo explained how he went through 12 weeks of “intense, aggressive” chemotherapy as part of his treatment.
“There were times that I wanted to give up, but I became inspired by sports figures who have gone through similar battles,” he added. “I began channeling my energy into the thing that keeps me alive and spirited: music.
“I wanted to share my story and inspire others like those who had inspired me.”