Solange Knowles has had a blockbuster year—after releasing her critically acclaimed album, A Seat at the Table, the ever-inspiring artist has done everything from tour extensively and direct (other people’s) music videos to curate Calvin Klein ads. Each of these accomplishments are impressive in their own right, but even more so in light of Solange’s recent Instagram post revealing that she has been battling an autonomic disorder for the last five months.
The singer, who was slated to perform on New Year’s Eve at the Afropunk festival in South Africa shared news of her show cancellation writing, “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.” She added that she’s learning a lot about herself in light of the complicated diagnosis, “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.
Although Solange did not disclose what exact type of autonomic disorder she’s battling, according to NYU Lagone, the condition is inclusive of a cluster of disorders involving the autonomic nervous system, which “regulates the function of the body’s internal organs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and body temperature.” A person with one of these disorders may “have trouble regulating one or more of these systems, which can result in fainting, lightheadedness, fluctuating blood pressure, and other symptoms.”
Solange shared that although she’s been encouraging self care this last year, she hasn’t given herself the attention she deserves. “It needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018,” she wrote on Instagram. Hopefully some expert TLC can help lead the multi-talented artist toward a healthy recovery.
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