Tyla Cancels 2024 Tour and Reveals She's Been 'Suffering with an Injury That Has Tragically Worsened'

The Grammy-winning "Water" singer said she's "heartbroken" and plans to be "ready to return safely onstage this summer"

<p>Leon Bennett/Getty</p> Tyla

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Fans of Tyla will have to wait a bit longer to see the Grammy winner live.

On Thursday, the "Water" singer canceled her upcoming debut concert tour in a social media post and revealed she's been dealing with the lasting effects of an injury.

"As much as this is something I would rather have dealt with privately, it's important that I share what I have to share with you today. For the past year I've been silently suffering with an injury that has tragically worsened," wrote Tyla, 22. "I've seen doctors and specialists with high hopes but the pain has only become more agonizing as has the severity of the situation."

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The South African performer continued, "I am absolutely heartbroken to have to say this but as of right now I won't be able to proceed with the tour. In consulting with medical professionals it's become increasingly clear that continuing any festival or tour dates would jeopardize my long-term health and safety."

"Words cannot describe my frustration at this pivotal point in my career. So please know that my team and I are working diligently on a spectacular show for you as soon as I am recovered and ready to return safely onstage this summer," added Tyla.

She concluded the note by letting North American fans know their "tickets will automatically be refunded," while international customers will receive more information from wherever they purchased tickets.

<p>Frazer Harrison/Getty</p> Tyla in Los Angeles in November 2023

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Tyla in Los Angeles in November 2023

Tyla's self-titled debut album is set for a March 22 release, one day after the tour was scheduled to launch in Norway. The string of concerts would've included dates in cities including Paris, London, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto and more before wrapping in Minneapolis on May 28.

According to her statement, fans can keep an eye out for "new dates and information."

Last year, Tyla shot to international fame with her hit single "Water," which earned the star her first-ever Grammy Award for best African music performance in February.

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In a November 2023 interview with PEOPLE, she spoke about developing her sound based on popular genres from her home country, including "Afrobeats, amapiano" and "house Kwaito" as well as American influences like Michael Jackson, Rihanna and Aaliyah.

"I knew that I wanted my culture in [my music]. I made my first amapiano song 'Getting Late' and added pop and R&B melodies to it," said Tyla at the time. "With 'Water' I'd describe it as the perfect blend. Being from South Africa is the reason why my sound is what it is."

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