Solange Knowles on Wednesday canceled her New Year’s Eve performance at the AfroPunk Festival in South Africa. In an Instagram post, Knowles revealed she has been battling a chronic illness and would be unable to perform.
“The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder,” Knowles wrote. “It’s been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me.” Knowles, who is the younger sister of mega-star Béyonce, was the headliner at the festival, which is set to run from December 30 to January 1.
“Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all,” Knowles wrote. “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 AfroPunk this NYE.”
In a Facebook statement addressing the last minute cancellation, Festival organizers said that they were unaware of Knowles’s battle with chronic illness but, “value her as an artist and above all as a human being and understand that her health is paramount.”
The singer expressed her continued gratitude to her fans and vowed to perform again in Johannesburg in 2018. According to the Mayo Clinic, autonomic disorders can affect the autonomic nervous system function. Complications can be “wide-ranging and can include problems with the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, perspiration, and bowel and bladder functions.” Other symptoms of the disorder include fatigue, lightheadedness, feeling faint, passing out, weakness, and cognitive impairment.