Lady Gaga cancels Rio concert having been hospitalised with ‘severe pain’

The pop star, who has the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia, pulls out of gig in Brazil saying ‘it’s not simply wear and tear’ from her world tour

Lady Gaga at the Toronto film festival last week.
 Lady Gaga at the Toronto film festival last week. Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters

Lady Gaga has been forced to cancel the Rio concert of her world tour, citing “severe pain” for which she had to be hospitalised.

She wrote on Twitter and Instagram: “It’s not simply hip pain or wear & tear from tour, I’m in severe pain. I’m in good hands [with] the very best doctors.”

On her Instagram post she shared a photo of her tattoo that reads “Rio”, adding “Remember years ago when I tattooed Rio on my neck, the tattoo was written by children in the favelas … You hold a special place in my heart I love you.” In another post she wrote: “I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now.”

The pop star has fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition which she has previously documented on social media; in November she posted a description of the ice baths, infrared saunas and emergency blankets she uses to manage her condition.

She has said that her forthcoming Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, will document her experience of fibromyalgia, “to help raise awareness & connect people who have it”.

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In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #Fibromyalgia I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it.

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Her tour continues in Barcelona on 21 September, with five UK concerts in London, Birmingham and Manchester beginning 9 October.

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