Lena Dunham couldn’t be more excited for the fifth season of Girls to premiere on HBO later this month!
But unfortunately the 29-year-old won’t be doing press for the upcoming season due to health reasons.
On Monday, the actress took to Instagram to explain that she was skipping out on the press tour for her dramedy series because of a “rough patch” with her illness.
Dunham explained she is living with endometriosis — a chronic disorder that affects a woman’s reproductive health — and was told by doctors to rest until her condition improves.
She thanked exec producers Jennifer Konner and Judd Apatow for their “support and backup,” and made it clear she wouldn’t take this hiatus for granted — as so many women battling the disease “literally don’t have the option” of taking time off.
We’re glad the writer is taking the time to rest up when her body needs it the most. Feel better, girl!
Read her full post (below) and watch the season five premiere of Girls February 21 on HBO!
Hey Beloved Pals, I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won’t be out and about doing press for the new season. As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women’s reproductive health. I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it’s time to rest. That’s a hard thing to do, but I’m trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet. I’m lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang. So many women with this disease literally don’t have the option of time off and I won’t take it for granted. Wishing you all health & happiness, in whatever form suits you. Back soon xxLenaA photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Feb 8, 2016 at 12:42pm PST
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]