Synovitis Leaves Lady Gaga Unable to Walk; Singer Cancels Three Shows

Lady Gaga has pulled the plug on four dates on the North American leg of her world tour after sustaining an injury that has left her unable to walk. The pop star announced via Twitter that she’s under doctor’s orders to postpone three concerts after being diagnosed with synovitis, a condition characterized by severe inflammation of joints.

The “Love Game” singer has postponed shows in Chicago on Wednesday and Thursday, in Detroit on Saturday and a set in Hamilton, Ontario set for Sunday. She said in a statement Tuesday:

“I’m completely devastated and heartsick. I’ve been hiding this injury and pain from my staff for a month, praying it would heal, but after last night’s performance, I could not walk.”

Gaga, 26, posted a similar message to the 34 million “Little Monsters” that follow her on Twitter, writing:

“I’ve been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for sometime now, over the past month it has worsened.”

Sounding quite broken up about the whole ordeal, she added:

“I’ve been praying it would heal,” she wrote. “I hid it from my staff, I didn’t want to disappoint my amazing fans. However after last nights performance I could not walk and still can’t. To the fans in Chicago Detroit & Hamilton I hope you can forgive me, as it is nearly impossible for me to forgive myself. Im devasted & sad. It will hopefully heal as soon as possible, I hate this. I hate this so much. I love you and Im sorry.”

“I will hopefully heal as soon as possible and be at 500% again, which is what you deserve.”

Lady Gaga has spent the past two years criscrossing six continents on her Born This Way Ball World Tour. The 200-plus date tour — which is scheduled to extend at least through March — was ranked the sixth top-grossing tour of 2012 by Billboard magazine.