Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of the final ten dates on the European leg of her Joanne World Tour due to severe pain stemming from fibromyalgia, according to a statement issued by the pop star.
“I’m so devastated. I don’t know how to describe it. All I know is that if I don’t do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music,” Gaga said in a statement. “My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home. We’re canceling the last 10 shows of my Joanne World Tour. I love this show more than anything, and I love you, but this is beyond my control.”
Fibromyalgia, according to the website of the Mayo Clinic, “is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.”
After performing Thursday in Birmingham, England, Lady Gaga was forced to make the decision to cancel the remaining dates of her current tour. The ten dates affected are in eight cities:
UK: London and Manchester
Germany: Berlin and Cologne
The cancellations also include her scheduled appearance at the Rock in Rio Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September. Live Nation issued a statement indicating that all tickets would be refunded immediately.
“Unfortunately, Lady Gaga is suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live. As a result, Live Nation and Lady Gaga are announcing the cancellation of the final 10 dates of the European leg of her Joanne World Tour. Last night, with strong support from her medical team, Lady Gaga made the tough decision to immediately come off the road.”
It is unclear whether or not these cancellations will have any affect on her upcoming residency in Las Vegas, which was announced in late 2017 and is scheduled to begin at MGMs Park Theatre late this year.
“I will be back in your city, but for now, I need to put myself and my well-being first. I love you, forever,” Gaga said.