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Pink Opens Up About ‘Excruciating Pain’ After Canceling Several Concerts

The pop star kept it real in a post to fans and paparazzi.

So What” singer Pink recently made global headlines when she unexpectedly canceled several tour dates in Sydney.

While fans were understandably disappointed, paparazzi attempted to turn sympathy into ire by sharing photos of Pink relaxing on Byron Bay with her children.

Pink deftly defended herself from those who doubted her pain, and even stars like Justin Timberlake rushed to vouch for the hardworking star.

Now, Pink is getting even more real about the illness that sidelined her from her Beautiful Trauma world tour.

The always-frank musician and mom of two took to Instagram to reveal more about her health battles and her determination to keep on smiling … even if the paparazzi don’t like it.

Hi beautiful Sydney people. First, I want to say thank you to all of the kind people out there for your well wishes for my speedy recovery. On Monday, we were absolutely planning on going ahead with the show, and about 20 minutes before I left for soundcheck, I was rushed to the hospital, in excruciating pain. That was the reason for the late cancellation. It was out of anyone’s control, and of course, wasn’t planned that way. I was discharged from hospital last night, and am following doctors orders of liquids and rest. A lot of you know how physical my shows are, and that I don’t just stand in front a microphone and sing. I flip, dance, fly, harness, silk, and scream my way through a total shit show of awesomeness (no pun intended). Therefore, I need to be physically healthy and well in order to perform this show. I think all of you deserve the full show and me at my best. Our next show will be Saturday, and until then I will be drinking green tea, and spending time with my kids. That’s a warning to paparazzi, you might actually see me walking upright outside of my hotel room cage with two little children, and another warning: I might even smile. Not too much, though. I’ll try to control the smiling. My sincere apologies to any of the ticket holders that this has affected, the rescheduled dates will be announced today. Thank you for your patience, compassion, and support. I look forward to rocking out with all of you as we have done for many many years. All of my love. Pink I also want to thank the amazing doctors and nurses at St Vincent’s Hospital for taking such good care of me and getting me home to my kids.

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In the post, Pink shared the reason she had to cancel her Monday, Aug. 6 concert just 20 minutes before she was set to go on stage: She was suddenly overtaken by excruciating pain that required an immediate hospital visit.

The cause for the pain? A gastric virus coupled with severe dehydration.

Pink explained that she had already been in the hospital over the weekend, and she had hoped that she could bounce back in time to perform.

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The tough-as-nails singer was reluctant to cancel her performance, but sometimes the body has other ideas.

As Pink explained, the pain was so bad that she had no choice but to seek medical attention.

She shared that her two children (Willow Sage, 7, and Jameson Moon, 18 months) were also ill recently, and being on mommy duty for those late nights with sick little ones only added to her stress and overall health issues.

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The star was quick to thank the staff at St Vincent’s Hospital, saying that the doctors and nurses went above and beyond to make sure she was back on her feet quickly.

As for the canceled tour dates, those performances will be rescheduled.

In the meantime, take care of yourself and get some much-deserved rest, Pink!

Speaking of the stress of being a world-famous celebrity, Pink recently opened up to Reese Witherspoon about what it’s like to be a working mom who travels constantly.

The conversation was part of Witherspoon’s new unscripted TV series, called “Shine On with Reese,” where she interviews inspiring women.

Even though the below clip is a short preview, it’s an incredible interview because. as you likely know, Pink’s not one to hold back when it comes to talking about her family life.

“Going on tour with children is really tricky,” Pink admitted. “It’s exhausting. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I’m very, very fortunate that I get to bring my kids with me and that I get to integrate them into my life.”

She told Witherspoon that they’ve traveled to London, Budapest and Berlin, among other cities. When she asked her daughter, who recently turned 7, what her favorite place had been so far, she got a very touching, thoughtful and somewhat unexpected response.

“I think it was Berlin,” the little girl told her mom. Pink continued, “I said, ‘Why?’ and she said, ‘Because there was a wall and people were separated, and there was a war and people were killed. And now everybody’s together and there’s no more wall and there’s no more war, and that means that everything that’s bad can be good again.'”

Pink was blown away by the response.

“I’m just listening to her, and I’m like, ‘You’re amazing, and you’re totally right — everything that’s bad can be good again,'” Pink said.

While touring with her children may not be easy, it’s certainly not all bad because it brings about unforgettable moments like that.