Lady Gaga has made the difficult decision to cancel the final 10 stops on her Joanne World Tour due to “severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live,” according to a statement from her team.
“Last night, with strong support from her medical team, Lady Gaga made the tough decision to immediately come off the road,” the note, posted to Gaga’s social media feeds, continues. “She is extremely sorry and deeply saddened that she cannot perform for her European fans, who have waited so patiently. She is in the care of expert medical professionals who are working closely with her so she can continue to perform for her fans for years to come.”
Having recently performed “Joanne” and “A Million Reasons” at the Grammy Awards last month, Gaga had come off of a concert in Birmingham, England. Additional stops were planned throughout Europe in London, Manchester, Zurich, Koln, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, and Berlin, as well as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
“I’m so devastated I don’t know how to describe it,” the pop star said in a separate statement to the fans. “All I know is that if I don’t do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music. My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home.”
“I love this show more than anything, and I love you,” she added, “but this is beyond my control.”
Gaga finished her statement by promising to return to those cities at a yet-to-be-determined time, while her team said ticket holders for those concerts will be able to receive refunds beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6.
In September, ahead of the release of her Netflix documentary, Gaga revealed she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic illness. “I have chased this pain for five years. But, when I feel the adrenaline of my music and my fans, I can f—ing go,” she said in Gaga: Five Foot Two, which also revealed footage of the medical procedures she endured.
Gaga had previously postponed the European leg of the Joanne World Tour due to her on-going struggles with chronic pain, which also halted her planned performance at the Rock in Rio music festival last year.