Lady Gaga has been very honest with her fans about the chronic pain she endures due to fibromyalgia. Last week, she was forced to back out of a show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, because of it. And now the singer has had to cancel the entire European leg of her Joanne World Tour, prompting her to once again open up about the health issues she’s battling.
“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,” the 31-year-old revealed in an incredibly honest and emotional post via Twitter.
Her post also included an official press release announcing that the six-week European leg of the tour — which was scheduled to begin on September 21 in Barcelona, Spain, and conclude on October 28 in Koln, Germany — would have to be postponed until early 2018 while Gaga seeks treatment from her doctors.
“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,” she wrote to her fans.
She also revealed that her health issues aren’t the only difficulties she’s facing. “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 noted of the response to her condition. “If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth.”
She ended by saying, “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.”
We’re sure Gaga’s fans are sending the love right back to her as she does her best to get healthy again.
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