- By Katie Nkrumah
Janet Jackson has postponed her ‘Unbreakable’ tour due to requiring surgery
Jackson said her doctors told her she needs an operation “soon”.
“Please pray for me, my family and our entire company during this difficult time” the 49-year-old asked fans.
She said she would not be giving any details of her health condition.
Jackson began her tour in August 2014 in Vancouver and had set concert dates across the US, Canada and Europe running until June 2016.
Her next concert had been due to take place in the US city of Denver, Colorado, on 9 January 2016.
In 2008, Jackson cancelled a string of concert dates after developing migraine-associated vertigo.
“It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour,” she said, adding that fans should hold on to their tickets. “They will be honoured in a special way when the new schedule is announced.”
Unbreakable is Jackson’s 11th album and the first studio album since her brother Michael died in 2009, prompting Janet to take a step back from the public eye.
Having released her own line of diamond jewelry this year after seven years away from the studio, Janet Jackson released her 11th album, Unbreakable shortly after.
It comes after a tumultuous decade in which her brother, Michael, died and her music was banned by some US radio stations after a Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction”.
Unbreakable is a response to those events. The album also features some happy upbeat performances, in particular celebrating Jackson’s 2012 marriage to Qatari businessman Wissam Al-Mana.
Over 17 tracks, the singer talks about grief and depression, but also about love, loyalty and compassion. She stresses the importance of friendship, which will pull you through the hard times.