Lady Gaga is postponing the remainder of her Joanne World Tour because she's "suffering from severe physical pain," she wrote in a statement, "that has impacted her ability to perform." On Instagram, the singer shared a more candid message about what she was going through.
"I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles," she captioned a picture of her praying with rosary beads. "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."
She said that some people online suggested she's "being dramatic," or "playing the victim to get out of touring," but that "couldn't be further from the truth." Gaga shows fans an intimate look at her life and battle with chronic pain in her upcoming Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two.
"I use the word suffer," she explained, "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."