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Lady Gaga Postpones European Tour Dates Due to Pain

Last week, Lady Gaga canceled a performance at Brazil’s Rock in Rio festival after being hospitalized for pain related to fibromyalgia, a diagnosis she first shared publicly the day prior. Today, Gaga postponed an additional string of 18 European dates on her Joanne World Tour, saying she was following doctors’ advice as she continued treatment.

“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,” Gaga wrote in an emotional Instagram message. “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.”

The 18 postponed dates were originally scheduled in Western Europe and the U.K. during September and October. The next date on the Joanne tour is now November 5 in Indianapolis.

Gaga’s struggle to manage chronic pain is one theme of her new documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, which debuts on Netflix Friday (September 22). Read Lady Gaga’s full message to fans on Instagram below.

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.

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