Lizzo cancels Montreal concert due to illness, posts apology: 'I will make it up to you'

It’s “About Damn Time” – for Lizzo to take a sick day.

The singer, who was scheduled to perform a concert in Montreal, Canada, on Thursday, revealed she was pulling out of the performance due to illness. Wrapped in what appears to be a blanket and wearing a black face mask, Lizzo explained her ailment in an Instagram video.

"I had a sore throat last night and a headache, and I went to bed. And I woke up this morning and it was worse, and my body is weak and I have chills, and my head hurts," Lizzo said. "Normally, if it's just a cold, I would shower, I would eat, take some medicine (and) it gets better. But this is getting worse.”

While Lizzo didn’t have an exact diagnosis to share with fans, she speculated that her illness may be a flu.

“I have to make the unfortunate decision to cancel today,” Lizzo concluded the video. “I want to find a date to reschedule, but I just can't perform tonight.

“This is the second time I've ever had to cancel due to health, in my entire career, and I will make it up to you Montreal. I'm so sorry."

Lizzo is currently performing on her Special Tour, which kicked off last September. The tour has proven to be an equally musical and political outing for the singer, who filled the stage with drag queens at an April concert in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a glittery protest against the state’s legislation designed to restrict drag performances in public.

While performing at Thompson-Boling Arena, the Grammy-winning “Juice” singer brought out a number of drag performers, including Aquaria, Kandy Muse, Asia O’Hara and Vanessa Vanji. The following day, Lizzo posted videos on Instagram from the show, including comments to the crowd that referenced the pending law.

“In light of recent and tragic events and current events, I was told by people on the internet, ‘Cancel your shows in Tennessee,’ ‘Don’t go to Tennessee,’” Lizzo said during the concert. “Their reason was valid, but why would I not come to the people who need to hear this message the most?”

She added: “Why would I not create a safe space in Tennessee where we can celebrate drag entertainers and celebrate our differences?”

In February, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the legislation against “adult cabaret” in public or in front of minors. A federal judge temporarily blocked the law in late March, saying it was too vaguely written. Civil rights groups have criticized the law as a violation of free speech.

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Contributing: The Associated Press

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