George Michael fans will have to a wait a little bit longer to see their favorite performer in person. The Faith singer recently announced that he was canceling his upcoming tour so that he could get treatment for anxiety.
Michael told his fans that he has been suffering from anxiety since his traumatic experience with pneumonia last year. Michael said that it “broke his heart” to cancel the tour but said that he just wasn’t ready to take the stage.
The singer writes on his website:
“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.”
Michael said that he he would keep touring throughout the UK this October but would not be traveling to Australia. The Australian leg of his tour was scheduled to begin on November 10.
“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 was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.”
Michael ended his message with another apology to his fans, saying:
“All that’s left for me to do is apologies 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.”
Do you think George Michael is making the right decision to cancel his tour?