George Michael has been forced to cancel all upcoming Australian shows, acting on advice of doctors.
Battling his way back from a serious bout of pneumonia last year, George Michael is attempting to make his way to stage fitness. Organising a tour of Australia, the singer intended piece together a brand new set for fans. It seems that the repercusions of that recent battle with ill health can still be felt, though, with the singer cancelling all upcoming shows.
Issuing a statement to fans, George Michael confirmed that he has been forced to cancel those Australian shows. George Michael explained that the decision "breaks my heart" but the singer was forced to obey doctor's orders. The full statement reads:
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I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart. 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. 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. Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever) I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.
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.
— George Michael