Lady Gaga cancels tour dates due to ‘show injury and chronic pain’: is it lupus?

Lady Gaga

We haven’t heard much from Lady Gaga in terms of her music or touring lately. Instead, most of the recent stories on her have concentrated on her good sense to turn down Lindsay Lohan for a loan and her outragous and deluded court statements against her former personal assistant.

At the moment, however, there’s a more somber matter at hand when it comes to Gaga. She’s cancelled a series of tour dates due to a lingering “show injury and chronic pain,” and I’m wondering if this has anything at all to do with her 2010 “borderline positive” diagnosis for lupus that followed a series of episodes where Gaga exhibited fitting symptoms such as joint pain, heart palpitations, and the like. If this has anything to do with lupus, then this is more serious than just a concert-associated injury. Gaga has announced the cancelled-tour news in a series of tweets, and it sounds pretty bad:

Lady Gaga

There’s an unfortunate announcement coming out right now, concerning myself and the Born This Ball. Im so sorry. I barely know what to say. I’ve been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for sometime now,over the past month it has worsened. I’ve been praying it would heal. I hid it from my staff, I didn’t want to disappoint my amazing fans. However after last nights performance I could not walk and still can’t. To the fans in Chicago Detroit & Hamilton I hope you can forgive me, as it is nearly impossible for me to forgive myself. Im devasted & sad. It will hopefully heal as soon as possible, I hate this. I hate this so much. I love you and Im sorry. Due to a case of synovitis, (severe inflammation of joints) Gaga’s doctor has ordered her to postpone show in Chicago, Detroit + Hamilton.

[From Lady Gaga's Twitter]

Look, I know Gaga can be a real pain in the ass, and her name has become synonymous with the term “publicity stunt.” But this doesn’t sound fake or made up, and if her inability to heal from her onstage injury has been complicated by her lupus, this can’t be good news at all. Clearly, she’s been worried over this physical matter to the point where she hid it from her team, and she can’t avoid it any longer because chronic pain is a really miserable thing. Hopefully, she’ll heal quickly and start annoying us again with her antics; and I’ll have worried over this for nothing.

Here’s Gaga performing in Bucharest, Romania last on 8/16/2012.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet

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  1. Cherry says:

    Sorry, I know this is a real disease and all, but ‘It could be lupus’ is sort of a running gag in my book. Blame dr. House.

  2. Rikki says:

    Love me some Gaga. I hope she’s alright.

  3. some bitch says:

    Probably has something to do with those ridiculous shoes she wears.

  4. sophie says:

    I’ve kinda lost any love I once had for Gaga… but I’ve recently been diagnosed with lupus, so I feel really, REALLY sorry for her if she’s having problems with it, because it truly sucks. Poor thing.

  5. Dawn says:

    She should have cancelled due to embarrassment because she acted like such a jerk with her assistant. I do hope it is not lupus. But I still can’t stand her .

  6. TorontoE says:

    Saw her last Saturday. Her performance did seem a little low energy in terms of dancing and there were lots of sitting/being carried. (singing was still good). I think it’s true and do feel sorry; it’s obvious she loves to perform.

  7. Timber says:

    I think it’s the “shoes” she wears too.

  8. alc says:

    I have chronic pain from some lung surgery and it is a bitch. You just never feel you are on your game and stress or lack of sleep can put you out of commission. And lupus, well that is a strange condition because it has so many symptoms and is really hard to diagnose. I’m not a huge fan of Gaga but I do wish her the best in recovering because being in pain is no fun.

  9. Dee Cee says:

    How can the queen of the universe cancel appearances.. have aches, immobilizing trauma in the course of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, in which a person’s immune system attacks and injures the body’s own organs and tissues with the disease symptoms and one must refrain from partying .. for surely she is wise of bad effect that alcohol has on lupus in fact alcohol may trigger lupus flares?

  10. Mayday says:

    I’m too lazy to try and cross reference her ticket sales with those cities but the cynic in me wants to believe those shows in those cities were selling horribly (there’s been loads of reports of this tour selling bad for her) and they decided to cancel.

    *puts on sherlock holmes cap and cape*

  11. K-rock says:

    Lupus is no joke. I have scleroderma which is in the same autoimmune family so I can totally see why performing with lupus would be a daunting task.

    It could also explain her recent weight gain, as steroids are part of the protocol with lupus.

    I’m not a GaGa fan but I sincerely hope she doesn’t have it, and if she does that she is able to manage it.

  12. soapyme says:

    I like her dress in the first picture. It reminds me of the window curtains I had when I was little.

  13. A says:

    She doesn’t have lupus. Or so she confessed to a fan the other day.

  14. erika says:

    look, how sweet! she’s paying tribute to her gal pal Lindsay Lohan by wearing her hair just like HoLo’s!!!

    Imitation is flattery! Which is the very reason i didn’t get my butt off the couch today to get concert tickets. I get easily turned off a celebrity that transforms into a nut (Lohan, cruise…)

    Sorry about the lupus gaga, m,

  15. A says:

    Why is she talking about herself in 3rd person though?? Who is really tweeting?

    “I hate this so much. I love you and Im sorry. Due to a case of synovitis, (severe inflammation of joints) Gaga’s doctor has ordered her to postpone show in Chicago, Detroit + Hamilton.”


  16. Anna says:

    If she is so concerned about her health why does she wear those amazingly heavy, huge wigs, dresses and shoes. She can barely walk in her costumes and if she has lupus, those shoes must be deadly for her bones and joints. I don’t understand any more why Gaga thinks she needs totally transform herself for every concert. As if her voice and songs are not enough to entertain.

    • Fannie says:

      They’re not. Her voice is good but it’s not stellar or goosebump inducing. She’s not a very good dancer so she can’t just go out there with good choreography. The costumes ant theatrics make her show and that’s what her fans want to see.

  17. Happy21 says:

    I hope it’s nothing serious. I love Lady Gaga and don’t think she would cancel performances that didn’t need to be cancelled. But if she does have Lupus, we are all going to know about it. You can bet on that! It’s something else for her to talk about (herself).

  18. anon33 says:

    What people like Gaga fail to realize is that chronic sustained drug use messes up your body in ways you can’t predict, ESPECIALLY prolonged and consistent cocaine use. Seizures, every kind of cardiac problem, brain trauma, kidney trauma…
    I would wager my job on this issue being a combination of drug use effects plus consistent wearing of extremely high/unsupportive/no heel shoes.
    I myself have recently had to give up higher platform heels in favor of below 2″ heels due to chronic back pain. And I only wore mine to work/to bars, NOT while I was attempting to perform physically strenuous dance routines for a couple hours straight.

  19. Stephanie says:

    Two words: who cares? Seriously!

  20. Moi says:

    She is in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo