Doja Cat has pulled out of her opening slot on the Weeknd’s summer stadium tour and all upcoming festival dates due tonsil surgery, the singer announced on Friday.
“Hi guys,” she wrote in a post to her Instagram Story. “I wanted you to hear it from me first. Unfortunately I have to have surgery on my tonsils ASAP. The surgery is routine but the recovery is going to take awhile due to swelling. That menas I have to cancel my festival run this summer as well as The Weeknd tour. I feel horrible about this but can’t wait for this to heal and get back to making music and create an experience for y’all.”
In addition to the Weeknd’s tour, which runs from July until September, Doja was scheduled to perform tomorrow (May 21) at the Hangout Festival in Alabama, and the UK’s Glastonbury Festival next month.
She had hinted that “bad news” might be coming when posting about her tonsil ailment earlier this week. “Dr. just had to cut into my left tonsil,” she wrote on Twitter. “I had an abscess in it. My whole throat is fucked so I might have some bad news for yall coming soon.” She continued, “I was taking fuckin antibiotics but forgot that i was taking them and then i drank wine and was vaping all day long and then i started getting a nasty ass growth on my tonsil so they had to do surgery on it today,” and then followed with a flurry of tweets about how difficult it is to quit vaping. Her Twitter handle is now “Throatussy era.”
While the news was unexpected, it was not a total shock: Doja has been on a years-long run of near-constant work, including multiple appearances on awards shows, a high-billed appearance at the Coachella festival last month, and the release of her third full-length album, “Planet Her,” last summer. She has shown signs of strain in recent months, including announcing that she’s quitting music earlier this year and some grumpy public statements, and although it’s forced the cancellation of months of work, the tonsil situation may actually give her a welcome breather.
However, her strong performances at Coachella showed that she is more than capable of filling big stages as a headliner, and her long run of platinum singles (including five from “Planet Her” alone) should give her a decent cushion until she’s ready to hit the road again.