Rihanna called off her second show in three days yesterday, while her reps claimed she was suffering from exhaustion and a bout of the flu. But is the star working herself sick… or worse?
Rihanna is just one of several female pop stars who have been forced to cancel shows due to “exhaustion,” which is often a showbiz euphemism for other problems.
She tweeted a shocking photo of herself hooked up to an IV drip in a hospital in Sweden, while tweeting her apologies for canceling a show.
Check out Rihanna’s photos; click to enlarge.
“Sorry Malmo!!! #LOUDtour,” she wrote.
Lady Gaga was forced to cancel four shows in a row in 2010 during her tour after Paramedics said she was suffering from an irregular heartbeat as a result of dehydration and exhaustion.
Her tours are also controlled by her record label.
Singing stars are under immense pressure these days to generate revenues for their record labels on exhaustive tours because recorded music, mainly digital downloads, barely make money.
But tabloids overseas suggest that Rihanna has other problems, mainly heavy drinking and partying until all hours at clubs after her shows.
Heavy drinking often can cause severe deyhdration, which would explain the IV drip.
Now, the Bajan star has been ordered to avoid clubs and other drinking holes — or risk making herself seriously ill.
She reportedly has been spotted pounding tequila shots and staying up all night to work on her new album.
The Grammy-winning singer’s new album, Talk That Talk, hits stores later this month.
“Rihanna is running on empty but she’s still been going out drinking and living it up,” a source told London’s Sun tabloid.
“She doesn’t have any down time where she can completely relax. She spends most of her time in the studio, on stage or in clubs.
“Doctors are worried she’s overdoing it. She needs to take some time off. Otherwise she’ll be vulnerable to more illness.”
In a testament to her heavy schedule, she is slated to perform in London’s O2 Arena on Nov 13 with at least 15 other UK shows before the tour ends around Christmas time.
In the latest incident, she backed out of her Stockholm concert only an hour before she was expected on stage.
Live Nation spokesman Kristofer Akesson said the 23-year-old Barbadian was “exhausted and [didn’t] feel well.”
The singer canceled a show on Monday in Malmo, Sweden, but performed in Stockholm on Tuesday.
“I am sorry to everyone who was coming out to my show in Malmo, Switzerland,” Rihanna said in a statement. “I was so excited to perform for you all.”
“It would have been a great time…so much better than being sick with the flu, ugh! I’m really disappointed I couldn’t be there.”
The performances are slated to be rescheduled.