Valentine’s will be anything but a day of love for millions of Little Monsters: Lady Gaga has pulled the plug on the remainder of her Born This Way Ball after being ordered by doctors to undergo emergency surgery.
The “Paparazzi” singer has been forced to cancel all 25 remaining North American world tour dates after suffering a severe injury to her right hip that has been causing her chronic pain. Gaga, 26, has a tear in the labrum in her right hip that will require surgery followed by a recovery period.
The announcement was made on Wednesday, one day after the pop superstar issued a public apology and cancelled four shows citing an inflammation of joints known as synovitis. The condition reportedly left Mother Monster unable to walk.
Fans who have already purchased tickets for the cancelled shows will receive a refund.
“Live Nation Global Touring has confirmed that the remainder of the Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way Ball’ performances have been cancelled. After additional tests this morning to review the severity of the issue, it has been determined that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip. She will need surgery to repair the problem, followed by strict down time to recover. This unfortunately, will force her to cancel the tour, so she can heal. Refunds for the cancelled performances will be available at point of purchase starting Feb 14, 2013.”
The Born This Way Ball kicked off in Seoul, South Korea on April 27, 2012. It was originally due to wrap up in Tulsa, Oklahoma next month. The tour earned an estimated $161 million with an average attendance of more than 31,000, making it the fifth-highest grossing tour of 2012.