Fiona Apple has canceled all of her upcoming shows to be with her dying dog Janet.
The singer, who recently released her first album in 7 years, posted a handwritten note on Facebook today telling her fans that she couldn’t go on tour while her dog was sick.
“It’s 6pm on Friday, and I’m writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet. I am writing to ask them to change our plans and meet a little while later. Here’s the thing. I have a dog Janet, and she’s been ill for almost two years now, as a tumor has been idling in her chest, growing ever so slowly. She’s almost 14 years old now. I got her when she was 4 months old. I was 21 then , an adult officially – and she was my child.”
Apple goes on to say that she’s lost friends and boyfriends over the years but Janet has always been by her side.
The singer continues:
“Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life, and that is just a fact. We’ve lived in numerous houses, and jumped a few make shift families, but it’s always really been the two of us. She slept in bed with me, her head on the pillow, and she accepted my hysterical, tearful face into her chest, with her paws around me, every time I was heartbroken, or spirit-broken, or just lost, and as years went by, she let me take the role of her child, as I fell asleep, with her chin resting above my head.”
Apple has deleted all of the tour dates from her website and in their place posted her letter.
“She’s my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she’s the one who taught me what love is. I can’t come to South America. Not now. I just can’t leave her now, please understand. If I go away again, I’m afraid she’ll die and I won’t have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out.”
Fiona Apple closes her letter saying that the decision to cancel her tour and stay with her dog was one of the easiest she’s ever made. Apple insists that she won’t be the woman who put her “career in front of friendship.” Instead, Apple will stay home and listen to Janet “snore and wheeze, and revel in the swampiest, most awful breath that ever emanated from an angel.”