Lady Gaga Grounded Over Battle with Chronic Pain
"I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now." - Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is never happy at the thought of having to let down her “little monsters.” She recently announced that the European leg of her Joanne World Tour would be cancelled due to “severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform.” She asked for “grace and understanding” on Twitter after checking into a hospital to deal with the agonizing body pain. “It’s not simply hip pain or wear and tear from tour,” she noted. “I’m in severe pain. I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now.”
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Gaga shared that the chronic excruciating pain she experiences is a result of her battle with fibromyalgia, and that she’s hoping to “raise awareness and connect with people who have it.”
The six-week tour was scheduled to begin September 21 in Barcelona, Spain and end October 28 in Koln, Germany. The “Joanne” tour is named after Lady Gaga’s paternal aunt, Joanne Germanotta, who passed away at age 19 from complications of lupus, an autoimmune disorder characterized by the body's attack on its own tissues and organs. The diseases also causes severe body pain and inflammation, and can affect vital organs like the heart and lungs. Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant this past summer as a result of her battle with the disease.
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Lady Gaga, who was born Stephani Germanotta and given her aunt Joanne’s middle name, maintains that even though Joanne died before she was born, she remains connected to her, dedicating and naming her fourth studio album after her aunt. Gaga began receiving messages of support from fans and friends after revealing she had been "pushing through" after singing two nights in a row in the cold and rain at Citi Field in New York. Well wishers included Beyonce, who sent a special bouquet of flowers with the letter “B” on the signature card. Beyoncé worked with Lady Gaga on the video for Gaga's "Telephone," a 9 ½ minute stylized piece of performance art that made headlines for the music duo’s envelope-pushing “very bad girl” scene.
Lady Gaga is currently promoting her new documentary “Five-Foot-Two,” airing now on Netflix, which follows Gaga’s recording and promotion of the Joanne album. The film captures the highs and lows experienced by Gaga both personally and professionally. "I felt proud, I felt sadness, I felt empowered, I felt vulnerable," she said after the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. "What struck me most was the film’s authenticity. I’m most touched that the veil behind the aura of my fame reveals that fame is not all it’s cracked up to be. For me, it feels very unnatural, but complicated because I know it’s my destiny to be a performer.”