Solange Reveals Autonomic Disorder: “I’m still learning so much myself”

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Yesterday, Solange posted on Instagram that she would no longer be performing at the Johannesburg, South Africa Afropunk festival this New Year’s Eve. The singer cited her doctor’s concerns about her performing after a long flight, and that for the last five months she’s been dealing with an autonomic disorder.


This sort of openness about private health concerns is still rare within music, but this year saw an increased awareness around that conversation. Billboard reported that singers like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez opened up about their own health concerns, and Jay-Z, Solange’s brother-in-law, expressed how going to therapy helped him in later in life.

She expressed great disappointment in not being able to fulfill the performance, but said she’d hope to return in the future. Read her full Instagram post below:

Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times...

Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share...

However it’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro Punk this NYE.

The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me...

Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all.

It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after.

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