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Boy George, a veteran artist who has been performing for decades, has cancelled all of his upcoming performances due to health issues. This also includes the reunion tour he had planned with Culture Club, the group that launched his career back in the early eighties.
According to the singer, whose most famous hits include ‘Karma Chameleon’ (with Culture Club) and ‘The Crying Game’, the health issue is a polyp on his throat that has hemorrhaged. He goes on further to explain that his doctor has told him to stop all performances, or else he runs the risk of doing irreparable damage to his vocal cords.
You can read the full statement Boy George wrote on his Facebook page below:
‘BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS YOU WILL ALREADY BE AWARE THAT DUE TO SERIOUS ISSUES WITH MY THROAT I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CANCEL BOTH THE US AND BRITISH TOUR WITH CULTURE CLUB.
‘I HAVE BEEN HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY VOICE ON AND OFF FOR A FEW MONTHS AND MY MANAGER SUGGESTED THAT I SEE A TOP THROAT DOCTOR IN LOS ANGELES. AFTER HAVING A SERIES OF CAMERAS DOWN MY THROAT IT TRANSPIRES THAT I HAVE A POLYP ON ONE OF MY VOCAL CHORDS WHICH HAS HEMORRHAGED AND ONE OF MY VOCAL CHORDS IS UNUSUALLY ENLARGED AND WON’T CLOSE PROPERLY WHEN I SING.
‘IN TRUE BRITISH FASHION I HAVE IGNORED IT THINKING THE PROBLEM MIGHT JUST BE TIREDNESS. I NEVER THOUGHT TO CHECK MY THROAT BECAUSE I HAVE SPENT A LIFETIME JUST “GETTING ON WITH IT”.
‘I HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY DOCTORS THAT TO CONTINUE SINGING WITH THIS POLYP WOULD FURTHER DAMAGE MY VOICE AND COULD CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE ,IT’S A RISK I JUST CANNOT TAKE.
‘I HAVE ALREADY HAD A TON OF WONDERFULLY SUPPORTIVE MESSAGES FROM FANS WHO HAD PLANNED TO TRAVEL AND I FEEL GUTTED TO BE LETTING PEOPLE DOWN. SUCH SUPPORT MAKES MY DECISION SO MUCH HARDER. TO SAY I AM DEVASTATED BARELY TOUCHES HOW I FEEL. I KNOW THAT THOSE OF YOU WHO LOVE AND SUPPORT ME WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A DECISION I JUST HAD TO MAKE.
I WILL DEFINITELY GET BETTER ,AND SEE YOU ALL SOON BACK ON TOUR
‘THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE. IT MEANS EVERYTHING.
A statement from Boy Culture’s management informs ticketholders that refunds will be available at the point of purchase.