Solange Knowles has opened up to fans about recently being diagnosed with a serious illness. The 31-year-old singer revealed on her Instagram page that she would not be performing at AfroPunk Joburg 2017 this week because of her battle with an autonomic disorder.
“The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an autonomic disorder,” Knowles said on Wednesday. “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.”
Nevertheless, she reassured fans that she’ll return to South Africa to perform for them at a later date.
Adding, “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.”
According to NYU Langone “the autonomic nervous system regulates the function of the body’s internal organs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and body temperature. People with an autonomic disorder have trouble regulating one or more of these systems, which can result in fainting, lightheadedness, fluctuating blood pressure, and other symptoms.”
Solange released her third studio album, A Seat At the Table, in September 2016 for which she won her first Grammy. Throughout 2017, she performed songs from the project in curated art spaces, festivals, and intimate concert halls.