Janet Jackson delays tour; planning family, ordered to rest
NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson is delaying her "Unbreakable" tour, saying Wednesday she and her husband are planning their family and that she is under doctor's orders to rest.
The 49-year-old singer announced in a clip on her Twitter account Wednesday morning that there has been a "sudden change" to the second leg of her tour, which started in August.
She didn't say she was pregnant, only that she "has to rest up; doctor's orders." Jackson said she has not forgotten about her fans and would continue the tour as soon as she possibly can.
In the one-minute, 46-second video clip, Jackson smiles and speaks directly to her fans. She asks that they understand that it's important that she "does this now," and thanked them for their love and loyalty.
She went on to thank her dancers, her band and her crew. She said couldn't wait to get started again.
On Dec. 24 of last year, Jackson announced she was postponing her "Unbreakable" tour until the spring to have an unspecified surgical procedure. She had been next scheduled to perform in early January in Denver.
At that time, Jackson's statement asked for prayers of support and said no further details on her medical condition would be disclosed.
Two weeks later, Jackson announced rescheduled tour dates after she took some time to recover from the surgical procedure. The singer again offered no details on her medical condition, but denied viral rumors that she had cancer.
Jackson said at the time the North American leg of her "Unbreakable" tour would resume May 14 in Las Vegas. Rescheduled shows were also to include dates in Portland, Oregon; Houston; Detroit; Atlanta; Washington; New York; Philadelphia and more. Live Nation had said tickets for previously announced dates would be honored at rescheduled shows.
Jackson began her "Unbreakable" tour last August and it soon made the Top 20 global concert tour listing compiled by Pollstar. The singer's catalog of hits dates back to the mid-1980s, ranging from "What Have You Done for Me Lately" to "That's the Way Love Goes" and "All for You."