After canceling the remainder of her Born This Way Ball tour dates and prepping for hip surgery, Lady Gaga has issued an open, sycophantic letter to fans, thanking them for their perseverance and promising to return to the stage as soon as possible.
Immediately following the cancellation last week, Gaga tweeted, "I hope you can forgive me, as it is nearly impossible for me to forgive myself. It will hopefully heal as soon as possible, I hate this. I hate this so much. I love you and I'm sorry."
Now, Little Monsters has the longer mea culpa following her surgery:
Monsters, You really gave me a lot of strength today. Everything happened so fast, but when it came time to face it I reflected on the many stories and experiences you've shared with me about your lives. Meeting you backstage, reading your letters, watching you communicate with fans from around the globe to form a community that supports one another--You have completely blown my mind. As they wheeled me into surgery today, I thought about all of your pain and perseverance, your unique family situations, school environments, health issues, homelessness, identity struggles -- sometimes you are so brave that it terrifies me. I wonder how it's even possible. So I thought to myself, I'm alive, I'm living my dream, and this is just a bump in the road. I'm grateful because this is temporary, and for some it is not. You have changed my life. I love you and am proud to be a part of your lives. If you can do it, I can do it too, and if we stick together we can get through anything. Love, Gaga
The massive tour began last April in Seoul, South Korea, with the singer performing 97 subsequent shows around the world. The injury forces the singer to cancel the tour's remaining 21 concerts, including two each at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center.