In a lengthy Instagram post, Solange Knowles has shared that she has been “quietly treating and working through an autonomic disorder” for the past five months.
“Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times…” she began the message. “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 singer was days away from performing with the likes of Anderson .Paak at the Afropunk Festival in Johannesburg but pulled out last minute due to her health. Autonomic disorders affect the proper function of major organs like the heart, intestines and bladder, though Knowles did not go into specifics about her condition, only describing the diagnosis as “complicated.”
“It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all,” continued Knowles. “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. I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you…….”
The festival, which has its roots in Brooklyn, has been held in Paris and London in the past, but this was to be its first time in Africa. Knowles promised to return to the continent and perform with Afropunk in the future.
“[…] it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways,” she wrote. “I can’t thank Afro Punk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows.”
This year, while continuing to promote her latest record, A Seat at the Table, released in September of 2016, Knowles has been making the festival rounds, playing at a number of shows including at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, New York City’s Panorama Music Festival and London’s Lovebox Festival, where she told the crowd: “I was in the hospital this morning. I was in the hospital for three days. After my show I had a serious episode and was told I shouldn’t perform.”
Forty eight hours later, she was on the stage at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival. In order to make those shows, she had gotten”out of that b—h,” she had said at the time of leaving the hospital. This time, however, she’s not taking any chances.
Knowles—who won her first Grammy this year for Best R&B Performance for “Cranes in the Sky”—shared: “As a part of the self care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018. This past year has been one of the most fulfilling of my life… Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life.”
Proof That Solange Knowles Is Deserving of the Title “Style Icon”
Solange Knowles at the first annual BET Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2001.
Solange Knowles at the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, California, August 2001.
Solange Knowles coordinated with her sister Beyoncé in black minidresses at the 30th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 2003.
Solange Knowles landed on numerous worst-dressed lists for this pink tiered look at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, but the look, which debuted in September 2008, has aged well.
Solange Knowles, wearing a silk minidress, arrived at the MTV Video Music Awards with her sister Beyoncé in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 2007.
Solange Knowles in Armani Privé at the 5th annual Fashion Rocks event in New York, New York, September 2008.
Solange Knowles wore an asymmetrical black skirt with a white smiley-face top with ruffled sleeves to perform at the Paper Magazine and Diesel event in New York, New York, November 2008.
Solange Knowles wore a canary-yellow minidress with a colorful crossbody at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2009.
Solange Knowles in a Max Azria ensemble at the Maz Azria Spring 2011 show in New York, New York, September 2010.
Solange Knowles in Gucci at the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch in Los Angeles, California, February 2011.
Solange Knowles in a Boxing Kitten crop top with a bright yellow skirt at the Victoria’s Secret Swim Collection event in Los Angeles, California, March 2011.
Solange Knowles in Dries Van Noten at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ in New York, New York, May 2011.
Solange Knowles paired a yellow suit with orange nails and natural hair at the Carol’s Daughter launch in New York, New York, May 2011.
Solange Knowles in Mulberry at the brand’s 40th anniversary celebration in New York, New York, September 2011.
Solange Knowles in Marni at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, New York, June 2012.
Solange Knowles in Bottega Veneta and Just Cavalli at the premiere of Girls Season 2 in New York, New York, January 2013.
Solange Knowles in Emilio Pucci and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California, February 2013.
Solange Knowles in Mia Moretti for Pencey at the Fader Fort during the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, March 2013.
Solange Knowles in Kenzo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ in New York, New York, May 2013.
Solange Knowles in Stéphane Rolland couture at the opening ceremony and premiere of The Great Gatsby during the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2013.
Solange Knowles in a yellow Christopher Kane ensemble with Acne Studios heels and a Kate Spade bag at the Q&Q launch event in New York, New York, April 2014.
Solange Knowles in 3.1 Phillip Lim at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ in New York, New York, May 2014.
Solange Knowles in Calvin Klein Collection at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, New York, June 2014.
Solange Knowles cut an unexpectedly chic figure—unexpected because she’s wearing H&M—for the MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California, August 2014.
Solange Knowles in Christian Siriano at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2015.
Solange Knowles in Naeem Khan at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, February 2015.
Solange Knowles in Balmain at the brand’s Fall 2015 show in Paris, France, March 2015.
Solange Knowles in Giles Deacon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ in New York, New York, May 2015.
Solange Knowles in David Laport at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ in New York, New York, May 2016.
Solange Knowles in Creatures of Comfort at the brand’s Spring 2017 show in New York, New York, September 2016.