Lady Gaga has postponed her European tour due to her "physical and mental health struggles".
On Monday (18Sep17) the Poker Face musician announced the European leg of her Joanne tour would be delayed until next year (18) so she could be treated for Fibromyalgia, the chronic pain condition she recently revealed she is battling.
The postponement of the tour comes days after Gaga was hospitalized and canceled a performance at Brazil's Rock in Rio festival.
Gaga posted a statement from tour promoter Live Nation revealing she would be "working with her doctors to heal from this (her chronic pain condition) and past trauma" instead of touring and added her own explanation to fans.
"I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles," she wrote. "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."
She explained that as she becomes "stronger" she would "tell my story in more depth", and addressed claims she was fabricating her health problems to get out of the tour, writing that they "couldn't be further from the truth".
The 18-date tour was due to begin in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday (21Sep17) and finish in Cologne, Germany on 28 October (17).
In her statement Gaga explained she was devastated as her chronic pain condition was keeping her from performing.
"I'm a fighter," the singer wrote. "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."
Gaga first revealed her battle with Fibromyalgia, a condition which causes chronic pain, fatigue and memory problems in her Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month (Sep17).
Live Nation bosses plan to reschedule her European tour dates for early next year (18). Her North American arena tour is still slated to begin in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 5 November (17).