Lady Gaga was forced to postpone her West Lafayette, Indiana, concert on Thursday night just moments before she was scheduled to take the stage after suffering from breathing problems. The postponement of the show at Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music came after opening acts Jason Derulo and Semi Precious Weapons had already performed.
WLFI-TV in Lafayette reported that a police officer took the stage after the opening acts and announced Gaga’s illness to the sold-out crowd after paramedics arrived backstage and found the singer struggling to breathe.
Gaga tweeted about the incident, explaining to disappointed fans, “I’ve been crying for hours, I feel like I let my fans down 2nite. An hour before the show, I was feeling dizzy and having trouble breathing.”
She further explained that paramedics came to her aid and told her that she was suffering from an irregular heartbeat, “a result of exhaustion and dehydration.” Gaga, 23, is in the midst of her Monster Ball Tour, which is slated to head over to Europe in early February after U.S. dates wrap on January 24 with a four-night stand at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
“[I] can’t apologize enough for how sorry I am,” she added. I could hear my fans cheering from my dressing room, I begged everyone to let me go onstage … My stage has complicated mechanical elements, everyone was concerned I’d be in danger during the 2hr show, since I had passed out earlier. I am so devastated. I have performed with the flu, a cold, strep throat: I would never cancel a show just based on discomfort … I hope you can forgive me. I love my little monsters [fans] more than anything, you are everything to me.”
The appearance has been rescheduled for January 26. A spokesperson for the singer was not available for additional comment at press time. Gaga will appear on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” on Friday (January 15) in a pre-taped segment.Read also...