Lady Gaga has cancelled her performance at Rock in Rio after being hospitalized due to “severe physical pain” preventing her from performing.
She first tweeted, “Brazil, I’m devastated that I’m not well enough to come to Rock In Rio. I would do anything for you but I have to take care of my body right now. I ask for your grace and understanding, and promise that I will come back and perform for you soon.”
An official statement was posted to her Twitter account next saying, “Lady Gaga is under the care of expert medical professionals. She sends her love to all her fans in Rio and thanks them for their support and understanding,”
In a subsequent tweet, Gaga addressed her hospitalization personally, saying, “It’s not simply hip pain or wear and tear from tour, I’m in severe pain. I’m in good hands with the very best doctors.”
Lady Gaga has been open about her struggle with fibromyalgia, an incurable disorder that causes widespread chronic pain. Her documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, airs on Netflix later this month and will profile the singer’s battle with the disease.
“In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal with is #Fibromyalgia I wish to help raise awareness and connect people who have it,” she tweeted on Tuesday.
Other symptoms include tiredness to a degree that normal activities are affected, sleep problems, and troubles with memory. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder and other types of chronic pain are also frequently present.
Gaga tearfully spoke of her condition during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8. “There’s a very strong piece of me that believes pain is a microphone,” Gaga said. “It does me no good unless I transform into something that is. I hope that people watching it that struggle with chronic pain know they are not alone.”