12:33 02 October 2012
Although it reportedly breaks his heart to cancel the Australian leg of his tour, George Michael has to do what he’s got to do. The singer announced the news on his website. The nine cancelled concerts were due to take place in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley.
The singer caught a bad case of pneumonia after completing 46 dates of his Symphonica tour in November 2011. Against his doctors’ orders, the singer continued his tour only to realize it was a bad call.
He said in his statement: "I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience.
"They recommended complete rest and the type of post-traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I'm afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself."
He added: "Unfortunately, I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be".
The singer will fulfill his UK dates this October before getting treatment for his anxiety.
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