Drag Race star Kornbread Jeté insists she’s ‘100 per cent fine’ after sharing cancer diagnosis

Drag Race star Kornbread Jeté sits during an interview

Drag Race star Kornbread “The Snack” Jeté has opened up about being diagnosed with intestinal cancer and urged fans to “get regular checkups”. 

Kornbread, who won hearts during her time on season 14 of Drag Race, revealed her recent diagnosis in a candid post on Instagram. She assured fans that she’ll be back to her “normal self” as she was diagnosed in the “early stages”, saying it’s “absolutely curable”.

“Recently I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma. A type of cancer in the smaller intestine,” the drag queen said. 

“I’m 100 per cent fine and everything is in the early stages so I’ll be back to my normal self in no time. Absolutely curable!”

Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that develops in the glands lining certain internal organs, according to the National Cancer Institute. It can happen in many places like the breasts, lungs, oesophagus, stomach, colon, pancreas, prostate or uterus. 

Kornbread Jeté implored fans to prioritise their health and get regular checkups in the wake of her cancer diagnosis. 

“I say this to let everyone know that no matter how young you are, please get regular check ups,” she wrote. “I’m glad I caught mine at this stage.”

The Hocus Pocus 2 star added that a “lot of health things will be changing” for her, and she is “ready to get back to the stage again” soon. 


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Several Drag Race stars shared their support for Kornbread in the comments section including Canada’s Drag Race host Brooke Lynn Hytes, All Stars 7 contestant Trinity the Tuck, Mayhem Miller, Kitty Scott-Claus and The Vivienne. 

Drag Race season three winner and All Stars 7 queen Raja sent “much love” to her “baby girl”, Kornbread. 

“Sending you all the love beautiful,” Scarlett BoBo wrote.

Kornbread Jeté quickly became a fan-favourite after winning the first maxi challenge of season 14 with an epic, original rap performance. She also made herstory alongside Kerri Colby as their season marked the first time Drag Race cast two openly trans women in a regular American series. 

But her time on the Olympics of drag was cut tragically short after she later exited the competition after injuring her ankle during production. 

The Los Angeles queen announced in March that she wouldn’t be returning for season 15 and hadn’t been tapped for a future All Stars. She clarified that she “just wants to focus on her transition” as well as her musical theatre and acting careers.