George Michael barely beat pneumonia last December.
In fact, it almost killed him, but now unwanted side effects from his traumatic ordeal are killing off 9 upcoming tour dates in Australia.
The singer announced the cancellations on Saturday with an explanation to fans which blamed "the major anxiety that has plagued" him since leaving the hospital 10 months ago.
Certainly a bummer for fans, but we would hope that the guy's health is their first and foremost concern.
In the apology posted on his website, the I Want Your Sex singer said he had hoped performing "would be therapy enough in itself" to overcome the trauma he endured, but "underestimated" the severity of his condition.
Read his entire statement … AFTER THE JUMP!!!
"I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart. By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year's illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience. They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I'm afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself. Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever) I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.
All that's left for me to do is apologise to my wonderful Australian fan base and to promise faithfully that as soon as I completed these shows here in the UK I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue."
Aww. We hope George finally takes advantage of the much-needed R&R so he can recover once and for all!
[Image via Ramey Pix.]
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