Solange Knowles, the younger singer of Beyonce, just canceled her New Year’s Eve performance at Afropunk Fest in South Africa, reported People. In an Instagram post, she revealed the health struggle that forced her to make the cancellation.
The singer, 31, shared the news on social media on Wednesday. She revealed that she struggled to find the words to reveal the news of the disorder she's been “quietly treating” for the past five months.
“Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times…” wrote Solange. “Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share… However it’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro Punk this NYE.”
She continued, “The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an autonomic disorder. [It’s] been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all.”
Knowles explained that her diagnosis was “complicated.” She says she's “still learning so much myself" about the disorder.
However, Solange added: “But right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after,” she wrote.
Solange did not share what type of autonomic disorder she was diagnosed with, but people afflicted with it usually have trouble regulating their heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and body temperature as the disorder occurs in the nervous system, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Knowles spent a significant portion of her post apologizing to the fans who were excited to see her perform at Afropunk. She promised her fans that she'd return whenever possible.
“I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you…….but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance…..as it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways,” she added.
Knowles revealed that previous festivals she played had known about her health and kept it “confidential." She thanked them for their support.
"I can’t thank Afro Punk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows."
Beyonce's younger sister had already canceled two shows this year, including one in November at Florida State University’s homecoming show which she said was due to a medical condition.
Solange concluded the post by sharing how she plans to face the health crisis in 2018.
“As a part of the self-care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018,” she wrote. “This past year has been one of the most fulfilling of my life… Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life.”
Please say a prayer for Solange and her health. In other news, an actress is clinging to life after a plane crash that claimed the life of her parents.