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Fiona Apple cancels tour to support her dying dog

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Fiona Apple has issued a heartbreaking apology for why she’s cancelling at least part of her upcoming tour of South America—a sprawling, handwritten letter describing how her beloved pit bull, “who taught me what love is,” is dying.

The letter, written Friday but scanned and posted to Facebook Tuesday afternoon, is four pages long and describes in detail what Apple’s dog, Janet, has meant to her:

She is a pitbull, and was found in Echo Park, with a rope around her neck, and bites all over her ears and face.
She was the one the dogfighters use to puff up the confidence of the contenders.
She's almost 14 and I've never seen her start a fight ,or bite, or even growl, so I can understand why they chose her for that awful role. She's a pacifist.
Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life.

But recently, Apple wrote, Janet’s behaviour has drastically shifted, and the end seems near: “I can't come to South America. Not now,” she wrote. Her next three concerts, each in Brazil at the end of November, have been officially cancelled. Tickets are still available to see her at a festival in Argentina on Dec. 1, but it’s unclear if she’ll honor that, either. The entire “Tour” section of her website has been replaced with a scanned copy of the handwritten letter.

The post has already been shared by more than 5,000 fans on Facebook, and the vast majority of the comments are supportive. But it doesn’t appear that Apple would be fazed by detractors. As she closed her letter, she wrote:

Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed.
But this decision is instant.
These are the choices we make, which define us.
I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship.
I am the woman who stays home and bakes Tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend.

Those are wise words from one of America’s most complicated modern songwriters.

Photo via Fiona Apple/Facebook