Poor old George Michael has been forced to axe his Australian tour due to suffering with “major anxiety.”
Michael announced on his website that he will be not be touring Oz in November as planned, due to the mental difficulties that he has developed since overcoming pneumonia last year:
“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 has cancelled dates in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hunter Valley. All tickets to the shows will be refunded.
The “White Light” singer confirmed that he will still honour his UK dates in October, before seeking treatment for his anxiety:
“All that’s left for me to do is apologise 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.”
Michael was hospitalized in Vienna last November with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. It was later revealed that his illness was so severe, that he suffered a five-week memory gap and had to learn how to walk again.
It has certainly been a tough year – get well soon, Georgey!