Lady Gaga Cancels World Tour Performances Amid Chronic Pain Concerns
Lady Gaga announced on Instagram Friday that she is canceling the final leg of her Joanne World Tour due to her health.
In the statement, Gaga's team explained, "Last night, with strong support from her medical team, Lady Gaga made the tough decision to immediately come off the road. She is extremely sorry and deeply saddened that she cannot perform for her European fans, who have waited so patiently."
Gaga was scheduled to have 10 performances around Europe to close out her tour.
The statement went on to say that refunds would be available to all ticket purchasers.
Gaga said in a separate statement released Saturday morning, "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 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."
The pain Gaga is experiencing is mostly due to fibromyalgia, a chronic illness that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, according to Mayo Clinic. There is no cure. Gaga has documented her battle with fibro on social media, though she has continued performing despite the difficulties.
2018 is scheduled to be a big year for Lady Gaga. Not only was she finishing out her world tour, but she is also slated for 74 concerts starting in December at MGM's Park Theater as part of her new Las Vegas residency.
No word yet if Gaga's chronic pain will postpone her residency plans.