QUEEN Latifah is putting on a brave face in the face of heartbreak — her mom, Rita Owens, is battling lung cancer.
“Latifah is all smiles and laughs on her new show, but it’s all a front,” said a close pal.
“She’s in tears almost every day after she finishes taping.
“Latifah goes through the motions at the TV studios, but as soon as the show is taped and the last production meeting is over, she’s out the door, rushing home to her mom.”
Rita, 64, started experiencing shortness of breath and exhaustion early last year. After undergoing tests, doctors confirmed she had lung cancer.
“Rita smoked in the past but she stopped a long time ago,” the family insider continued, “so it was shocking when she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
“Latifah says her mother is amazing. She goes through her chemotherapy treatments without complaining, has such a positive outlook on life and always wants to make sure everyone else is OK.
“Right now, Latifah is praying for her mother’s health, even though she knows that the prognosis for lung cancer is not always positive.
“Latifah promised Rita that she’ll be strong. And she’s making sure every day she has with her mother is special.”
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