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SZA leaves tour: ‘If I don’t pause now I’ll be forced to pause permanently’

The rising star posts a heartbreaking note on Instagram.


Christine Friar


Posted on May 24, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:02 pm CDT

She may have been nominated for 2018’s best new artist Grammy, but SZA is going to have to take a break from performing this month to focus on her health.

In an Instagram post Wednesday night, the singer-songwriter regrammed a post from Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith announcing she’d been taken off the TDE Championship Tour roster.

“Her vocal cords are swollen and she has to rest her voice to prevent any permanent damage,” Tiffith wrote. “We been monitoring her close and this is the reason she missed the Arizona and New Mexico dates.” Tiffith says that SZA’s set to see a doctor again “in a few days.”

“I’ve been touring for 11 months,” SZA wrote in her Instagram post. “This didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been troubleshooting for a while now and usually steroids and pushing through help. They don’t this time… If I don’t pause now I’ll be forced to pause permanently.”

The rising pop star says she’s hoping to be back out on the road as soon as possible to support her album. Fans on Twitter showed their support:

“Pray for me or don’t,” she wrote. “Preciate u either way.”

Update June 18, 11:01am CT: SZA on Twitter writes that her voice is getting better.

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*First Published: May 24, 2018, 10:53 am CDT