Janet Jackson has postponed her worldwide UNBREAKABLE tour for the time being, after doctors told her she required an unspecified surgery. As the queen of pop promised to reconvene the tour when she can, the devastated gasps of Janet stans could be heard echoing across the nation, as they wondered if their efforts to find a friend with a Citibank card willing to wake up early and hit refresh until they got tickets were for naught.

But this is about Janet. On a Christmas Eve Facebook post, she made a statement about her dire predicament:

Hey you guys… Happy Holidays to each and every one of you. I need you to know, I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon. It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour until the spring. Every date will be rescheduled. Please hold on to your tickets. They will be honored in a special way when the new schedule is announced. Please pray for me, my family and our entire company during this difficult time. There will be no further comment. I love you all so much and am ever grateful for your understanding and your love. Gon’ b alright.

Though Jackson did not clarify what type of surgery she’s having, in October she postponed a few concerts in order to go on vocal rest. It’s also unclear when the dates will be rescheduled, but it’ll no doubt affect at least a handful of upcoming dates in North America, which were scheduled to resume January 9 and conclude in early March, before she headed off to Europe. Here’s to a safe recovery and an abiding hope that the “special way” she intends to honor our tickets includes many personal meet-and-greets with all of her fans!


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