Two US concerts by Ariana Grande were cancelled this week due to what the artist has revealed to be a newly-discovered tomato allergy.
Since the middle of March, Ariana Grande has been out on her extensive Sweetener World Tour. With 81 dates scheduled across North America and Europe, these shows have already made headlines after a stop in California saw audience members showered with swastika-laden flyers.
However, Grande’s recent tour stops in Florida were forced to be cancelled following the artist suddenly taking ill.
In a message posted on her Instagram story, Ariana Grande wrote that she “woke up incredibly sick [on Tuesday], ran to my doctor and have been told to postpone these shows tonight and tomorrow.”
Noting that she was “beyond devastated”, promoters Live Nation soon revealed the dates in Tampa and Orlando had been rescheduled until the end of November. Now, fans have discovered the cause of Grande’s illness.
(1) Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour dates tonight in Tampa (Amalie Arena) and tomorrow, May 29 in Orlando (Amway Center) have been postponed due to illness.
The new show dates will be 11/24 in Tampa & 11/25 in Orlando. Ariana is sorry to disappoint her fans and will look fwd pic.twitter.com/InrCos4KN6
— Live Nation Florida (@LiveNationFL) May 28, 2019
Taking to Instagram earlier today, Ariana Grande revealed that the shows had been cancelled due to an adult-onset tomato allergy, effectively making it impossible for her to sing at any of her shows.
“We discovered ….. that ….. i had an unfortunate allergic reaction to tomatoes and my throat pretty much closed,” Grande wrote. “Still feels like i’m swallowing a cactus but slowly making progress!”
“Thank u all for your love and understanding. Can’t wait to get back to performing and to make it up to Tampa and Orlando in November.”
While this news is undoubtedly a bit shocking to both Grande and her fans, it appears that the 25-year-old was able to see the funny side of things, noting that “there is NOTHING MORE UNFAIR THAN AN ITALIAN WOMAN DEVELOPING AN ALLERGY TO TOMATOES IN HER MID TWENTIES.”
We’re with you on that one, Ariana.