Lady Gaga has pulled out of the remaining dates of her Joanne world tour due to ongoing issues with “severe pain”, saying that she is “devastated” to be missing her final ten shows in Europe, but that she needs to put her health and well-being before other concerns.
A statement from the tour’s promoters said that Gaga’s pain has “materially impacted her ability to perform live”, and that while she is “deeply saddened” to pull out, she has chosen to take the advice of her doctors, so that she can keep performing for “years to come.”
In a statement of her own, released on Twitter, Gaga said:
“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. My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home. We’re cancelling 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 … I promise I will be back in your city, but for now, I need to put myself and my well-being first. I love you forever.”
Last year, in her Netflix documentary Five Foot Two, Lady Gaga revealed that she has long suffered from chronic pain as a result of fibromyalgia, saying that she hoped to “raise awareness and connect people who have it.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, fibromyalgia is characterised by “widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues”, and its symptoms can begin after “physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress.”
London, Manchester, Zurich, Koln, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris and Berlin shows for the last leg of the tour have all been cancelled. You can read both Gaga’s and her promoter’s full statements below.