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We’re often told that you never know what someone may be dealing with behind closed doors. This is the case for yet another celebrity, Solange Knowles. On Wednesday (Dec. 27), Solange revealed on Instagram that she’ll be canceling her Afropunk performance at New Year’s Eve in South Africa because of her battle with an autonomic disorder.

While Solange did not reveal what type of autonomic dysfunction she is currently experiencing, according to New York Daily News, there are multiple types of disorders and they all come down to the same basics: the [autonomic nervous system] regulates the body’s internal organs, so when important functions like the heart aren’t being properly regulated, it leads to problems with heart rate, blood pressure and digestion, according to NYU Langone’s Dysautonomia Center.

“Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times…Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share…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 past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder,” she begins her lengthy Instagram post.

“It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me,” she writes.” Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and 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.”

Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times… Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share… 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 past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and 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…….but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance…..as it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways. 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. 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.

137.6k Likes, 3,721 Comments – Solange (@saintrecords) on Instagram: “Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times… Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to…”

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Lauren is the co-founder of Black Fitness Today, the digital magazine dedicated to empowering the black community – mind, body, soul, culture and money. She lives in Tucson, AZ, where she also manages the healthy food blog The Remix with Lauren, her husband and his brain that never stops churning, and their completely lit one-year-old daughter. You can reach her at lauren.bell@blackfitnesstoday.com

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