Solange reveals health issues after cancelling Afropunk performance

The 'A Seat At The Table' artist disclosed the diagnosis to fans in a lengthy post on Instagram

Solange has opened up about being recently diagnosed with an autonomic disorder after cancelling her forthcoming headline slot at Afropunk Johannesburg.

The artist, who released her acclaimed third studio album ‘A Seat At The Table’ in September 2016, revealed her ongoing health issues in a lengthy post on Instagram yesterday (December 27).

Writing that she ‘wrote, deleted and re wrote this [statement] like 5 times’, Solange goes on to say in the post that she has been “quietly treating and working through” an autonomic disorder since July.

It [has] been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me,” she said. “Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnosis, 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.”

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.

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Solange has cancelled her upcoming headline slot at Afropunk festival in Johannesburg, South Africa as a result of the diagnosis, with the artist having been due to perform at the event on New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Last month, Solange handpicked a “musical family” to appear alongside her in a recent Calvin Klein ad – “Our Family, #MYCALVINS” – campaign.