It looks like Lady Gaga’s health is going to get worse before it can get better.
The Grammy-winning singer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that she’s postponing the European leg of the Joanne World Tour, Vulture reports. She goes on to explain that she’s dealing with chronic pain stemming from fibromyalgia and that doctors have recommended she break from her heavy touring schedule to focus on recovery.
“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,” Gaga writes in the caption. “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.”
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.
Gaga was 20 shows deep into the tour tied to 2016’s Joanne, which kicked off August 1st in Vancouver.
Upon reading the news, I wondered how her fans were taking it. Were they sad? worried? Flashing back to February 2013, when Gaga injured her hip and was forced to cancel the last couple months of the Born This Way Ball? After asking around, I can confidently say that the bad kids are sad/all right.
“When I read Gaga’s post on instagramI immediately played ‘Grigio Girls’ and began to cry,” said M Zavos, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of multimedia Gaga fanzine Blunted Gaga. “It does worry me. When you love someone the way I love Lady Gaga,it’s really give and take. She gives so much of herself to us that when things like this happen I just wanna give her a huge and say, ‘Girl! Where do you think you’re going?’”
“I thought [the way she announced the postponement] was very brave and comforting to fans,” she continued. “She deserves to take seven weeks off. She’s had a huge year with two really grueling performances [the Super Bowl and Coachella] followed by filming a movie If she takes seven weeks to heal and strengthen, I’m sure she’ll come back at the end of the year doing a killer job.”
“It’s really clear from Gaga’s career that touring and performing are literally her favorite parts about being a pop star,” said Ty Mitchell, a porn star, writer, and self-identified “Big Little Monster” who was recently interviewed by Out. “She pushes herself super hard She seems to have something extra to prove to her fans. I’m not worried, though So much of this era is about finding new and old sources of resilience, and, while it’s not like this is some kind of Joanne stunt, it’s worth recognizing that what she’s writing and singing about coheres with what she’s actually going through.”