Beyonce’s sister Solange reveals autonomic disorder, cancels show
NEW YORK: The experimental R&B singer Solange has revealed a struggle with an autonomic disorder as she cancelled a New Year’s Eve performance in South Africa.
Solange, the younger sister of pop superstar Beyonce, said doctors had advised her not to make the long journey from the United States.
“The past five months, I have been quietly treating, and working through, an autonomic disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me,” she wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.
“Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all,” she wrote.
Autonomic disorders are dysfunctions of the nervous system, which can have wide effects on the body’s functions.
Solange did not reveal further details on her condition.
Solange had been due to headline the inaugural Johannesburg edition of Afropunk, an increasingly influential festival born in Brooklyn that showcases cross-cultural connections in alternative music.
Solange voiced deep regret for missing the festival in South Africa, a country that she said has “tremendous meaning for me”.
Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times… 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. The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after. 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. 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. 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. 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.
The 31-year-old singer won wide critical acclaim and commercial success last year with A Seat At The Table, an introspective album that reflects on the state of black America.