Gaga cancels concerts over chronic pain

Lady Gaga performs a medley at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Photo: Reuters
In an accompanying statement on social media, Lady Gaga said she was devastated to cancel the shows, which included stops in London, Zurich, Stockholm, Paris and Berlin. Photo: Reuters

Severe pain has forced Lady Gaga to cancel 10 shows on the European leg of her Joanne concert tour, the singer and her team said on Saturday (local time), several months after she had postponed those performances in Europe due to her ailment.

Lady Gaga, whose hit songs include Bad Romance and Born This Way, has previously said she suffers from fibromyalgia, a musculoskeletal pain disorder often accompanied by fatigue and cognitive difficulties.

A statement posted on Lady Gaga's Twitter and Instagram pages did not mention fibromyalgia but said the 31-year-old singer decided to cancel the shows after consulting with her medical team.

"Unfortunately, Lady Gaga is suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live," the statement said.

In an accompanying statement on social media, Lady Gaga said she was devastated to cancel the shows, which included stops in London, Zurich, Stockholm, Paris and Berlin.

"I promise I will be back in your city, but for now, I need to put myself and my well-being first," she said.

Lady Gaga became famous in 2008 as a pop artist, with the hook-laden songs Just Dance and Pokerface. She quickly gained a reputation for provocative fashion choices, such as the dress made of raw beef that she wore at a 2010 awards show.

The Joanne tour, named after the singer's rock-style album released in 2016, was promoted by Live Nation Entertainment Inc . She began the tour on August 1 in Vancouver, Canada, the first of more than 40 shows across North America.

In September, Lady Gaga said that due to severe pain, she had to postpone the tour's European leg, which had originally been scheduled to start on September 21 in Barcelona, Spain.

At the time, she posted photos online of herself in a hospital with a drip in her arm.

Those European shows were rescheduled to early this year.

On January 14, Lady Gaga performed in Barcelona and went on to Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. Her most recent concert was on Thursday evening in Birmingham, England.

Lady Gaga ranked 14th on music industry trade publication Pollstar's list of top-grossing concert tours of 2017, with sales of nearly $US86 million from her shows in North America.

The singer was hospitalised in 2013 for a hip injury, and a documentary, Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two, revealed her struggles with chronic pain.

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