Lady Gaga has been seemingly everywhere lately — on the road with her Monster Ball Tour, meeting the Queen of England, shooting an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s show that airs later today — and the pop star’s demanding schedule may have taken a toll on her health. The singer was scheduled to play at Indiana’s Purdue University last night, but canceled the show at literally the last minute. After openers Semi Precious Weapons and Jason DeRulo performed at the college’s Elliott Hall of Music, the crowd was informed “Lady Gaga will not be able to take the stage this evening due to sudden illness.”
“Due to exhaustion and dehydration, Lady Gaga collapsed and passed out before her show tonight in West Lafayette, Indiana,” the singer’s publicist tells Rolling Stone. “Her physician has advised her to take a few days off to rest.” Lady Gaga’s rep didn’t specify how long she’ll be out of commission; the Purdue show has been rescheduled for January 26th.
According to her current slate of tour dates, Gaga is scheduled to appear at New Jersey’s Borgata Casino tomorrow night, January 16th. She has gigs the following two nights, in Wallingford and Uncasville, Connecticut, respectively, before she has a one-day break in her schedule. After that, she is set to play four high-profile shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on January 20th, 21st and 23rd and 24th. After the Manhattan shows, Gaga’s next tour date is February 18th in England, where she launches a nearly three-month international tour. UPDATE: According to MTV News, Lady Gaga’s shows on the 16th and 17th have been canceled and the gig on the 18th was postponed; only her New York dates — and the rescheduled Purdue show — remain on her schedule, per Pollstar. Live Nation will issue full refunds for the canceled performances.
On her Twitter, Lady Gaga informed fans that she was devastated to have missed a performance. “An hour before the show, I was feeling dizzy and having trouble breathing,” she wrote, adding that paramedics diagnosed her with an irregular heartbeat as a result of exhaustion. “Can’t apologize enough for how sorry I am,” she added, explaining that her stage set has moving parts that could have proved dangerous had she passed out onstage. “I could hear my fans cheering from my dressing room, I begged everyone to let me go onstage. … I hope you can forgive me. I love my little monsters more than anything, you are everything to me.”
Lady Gaga is also booked to perform at January 31st’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where she is nominated in five categories, including Song and Record of the Year (for “Poker Face”) and Album of the Year (for The Fame).