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.
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.
“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.