Published Sep 18, 2017After recently cancelling live dates in Montreal and Brazil, Lady Gaga has postponed the forthcoming European leg of her "Joanne World Tour" due to "physical and mental health struggles."
Taking to social media today (September 18), the pop star penned a lengthy statement to fans, saying, "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."
The 18-date run through Europe was set to begin this Thursday (September 21) in Barcelona and finish in Cologne on October 28. The cancellations come following the premiere of her documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which examines her struggles with fibromyalgia.
"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," she wrote. "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."
Gaga concluded her letter to fans with a look to the future. "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," she said.
You can see her message in full below, as well as the affected dates over here. Gaga hopes to make up the dates in early 2018.
To my fans, I love you so much. pic.twitter.com/g2BmmSx02v— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 18, 2017
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