Singer Nightbirde announced she will have to drop out of America’s Got Talent to focus on her “fight with cancer.” Nightbirde, whose real name is Jane Marczewski, shared the update in a post on Instagram and thanked her fans for their support so far.
“Sharing my heart with the world on AGT has been an honor and a dream come true. My point of view this summer has been astounding. What a miracle that the pain I’ve walked through can be reworked into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider,” the 30-year-old wrote in the caption.
However, she continued, “Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention. I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of AGT. Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it—but we knew that already.”
Nightbirde, who was a favorite on this season of America’s Got Talent, has been dealing with metastatic breast cancer, she told local Ohio news network WKBN, and was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. Her cancer then recurred twice, including in late 2019, she wrote in a blog post. At that point, her doctors found tumors “throughout my lungs, liver, lymph nodes, ribs, and spine,” she said, and they gave her up to six months to live.
Metastatic breast cancer (sometimes also referred to as stage IV breast cancer) is an advanced form of the disease that occurs when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the Cleveland Clinic explains. Only 6% to 9% of people have metastatic breast cancer when they’re first diagnosed, the Cleveland Clinic says. It’s more common for someone to be treated for a different type of breast cancer and then have it recur as metastatic breast cancer later on.
There is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, but doctors can use chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, and other targeted therapies to try to contain the disease and extend a patient’s life. In some cases, surgery can also help manage the symptoms, such as preventing broken bones, the Cleveland Clinic says.
But Nightbirde isn’t done yet, the singer told her fans. “Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me,” she wrote. “Stay with me, I’ll be better soon. I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams.”