Beyonce has posted a message on her website wishing good luck to her backing singer Tiffany Monique, who is battling cancer.
Beyonce posted the message after learning that Monique, who is the soprano singer in Beyonce’s backing band The Mamas, is battling the disease.
Underneath a photo of Monique, Beyonce wrote: “We love you Tiffany. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Love Beyonce.”
Monique, full name Tiffany Monique Riddick, sang backing vocals for Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera before joining The Mamas in 2007. She grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and said she was inspired to become a singer after seeing Whitney Houston on TV.
In 2013, Monique and her fellow Mamas singers Crystal Collins and Montina Cooper-Donnell told US radio station Hot 97 about singing on tour with Beyonce. Monique said: “There are so many different components. The Mamas do choreography, so we work on dance steps. You can’t be with Bey and not have steps now.”
Monique has posted regular updates on Facebook about her battle with cancer. She wrote on Monday (March 9): “Fevers, a-fib, no food or water since last Tuesday. Quite a bit of pain and a lot of fatigue today. I’m finally ‘comfortable’, so I’m gonna get some sleep while the going is good. #fckcancer #godsgotthis #bravethestorm.”