“Severe physical pain” has forced Lady Gaga to sadly postpone the European leg of her “Joanne World Tour”—intended to run September 21 to October 28—until 2018, dates to be announced. The pop star was forced to seek medical attention last Thursday prior to her show in Rio, which she also cancelled.
The day before the singer was set to perform at the massive music festival Rock in Rio, Gaga posted on social media that what she originally thought was “simply hip pain or wear and tear from tour” was actually something more. Gaga reported that she had been taken to the hospital and was therefore cancelling her Sept. 15 performance in Rio.
Around 4 a.m. on Monday, Gaga took to Instagram again, this time to announce that little monsters across Europe would need to wait a bit longer to see the star on stage. “Trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, [and] they are keeping me from living a normal life,” Gaga wrote alongside a photo of her praying with a rosary. “They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans.”
Live Nation released an official statement shortly thereafter, stating that Gaga “plans to spend the next seven weeks proactively working with her doctors to heal from this and past traumas that still affect her daily life, and result in severe physical pain in her body. She wants to give her fans the best version of the show she built for them when the tour resumes.”
I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word “suffer” not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans. I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.
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Gaga has been open about her long-time struggle with chronic pain. In a 2016 IG post, she talked about how she regularly suffers from muscle spasms. She also detailed the various methods that she has used to manage her pain—which include an infrared sauna, silver emergency blankets and ice baths. But audiences will learn more in her upcoming Netflix documentary, Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two, where she reveals that she has fibromyalgia, an incurable chronic condition that causes widespread pain across the body. She has also posted more about the condition on social media this week.
Though more than 519,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, according to Statistics Canada,
yet the disease remains poorly understood. According to the Canadian Women’s Health Network, some patients can develop the condition after “a traumatic experience such as an accident, an emotional trauma, overworking, hormonal changes, sexual or physical abuse during childhood, or a viral disease.” But there’s still no proven cause.
Thought ice helped #Fibromyalgia. I was wrong & making it worse. Warm/Heat is better. Electric Heated Blanket, Infrared Sauna, Epsom Baths.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 12, 2017
The announcement comes only days after Gaga attended TIFF, where she strutted down the red carpet for the premiere of Five Foot Two and wowed the crowd with solo performance of “Bad Romance.” (The doc will be available on Netflix on Sept. 22.)
While there’s no update on when Mother Monster may be ready to slay once again, she reported that she is now “in good hands w/ the very best doctors.” Get well soon, Gaga!
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