Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm confirms breast cancer diagnosis

"I am a strong motherfucker but I feel everything deeply," Palm wrote on social media

Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm has revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Palm – AKA Naomi Saalfield – confirmed the news in a post on Instagram earlier today (October 18), writing in a caption that she’d decided to publicly announce her diagnosis in the hope “that you won’t expect so much of me all the time”.

“I am a strong mother fucker but I feel everything deeply,” Palm wrote.

“I have still been touring, performing – sometimes to people talking over me or inappropriately stealing my shit or sneaking into my green room. I am riddled with anxiety while trying to practice courage and patience daily in the face of the scariest and most emotionally triggering shit I’ve ever had to endure.”

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Um so I have breast cancer . I say this to you hoping that you won’t expect soo much of me all the time . I am a strong mother fucker but I feel everything deeply . I have still been touring performing sometimes to people talking over me or inappropriately stealing my shit or sneaking into my green room . I am riddled with anxiety while trying to practice courage and patience daily in the face of the scariest and most emotionally triggering shit I’ve ever had to endure . I need love and respect and often I have to go out of my way to make people feel comfortable around me because of their projections or own internal battles when confronted by me. I need to be selfish in this time. I cannot babysit anyone’s emotions anymore. Let my music comfort you , this is what it’s for . My job ends there I am not a therapist . Please give my family there space. I will delete this account if I hear otherwise . Thank you for your love and support always . 🦋

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The post continues: “I need love and respect and often I have to go out of my way to make people feel comfortable around me because of their projections or own internal battles when confronted by me.

“I need to be selfish in this time. I cannot babysit anyone’s emotions anymore. Let my music comfort you, this is what it’s for. My job ends there I am not a therapist.

“Please give my family there [sic] space. I will delete this account if I hear otherwise. Thank you for your love and support always,” she concluded.

Palm released her debut solo album, ‘Needle Paw’, in 2017.

Hiatus Kaiyote’s last studio album, ‘Choose Your Weapon’, came out in 2015.