Pop icon George Michael announced this weekend that he will be pulling out of all 9 upcoming Australian shows. After a recent battle with pneumonia, the singer has experienced severe mental trauma.
It was back in 2011 when Michael was struck down with the life threatening condition while in Vienna. Doctors at the time had advised him that during the recovery process, he should expect major anxiety. It appears they were right, with Michael issuing a statement through his official website on Saturday explaining the situation in his own words.
“By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year’s illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience,” Michael’s statement said according to Rolling Stone. “They recommended complete rest and the type of post-traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine, but I’m afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself.”
Last year, as a result of the illness, Michael had to scrap a whole heap of shows from his European tour. He plans on seeing through all of the remaining UK dates for this particular tour, and has promised Aussie fans that once he has received the help he needs, he will be on the first plane down.
“All that’s left for me to do is apologise to my wonderful Australian fan base and to promise faithfully that as soon as I completed these shows here in the UK I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue,” he concluded.
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