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Lauryn Hill, 48, shares unfortunate health update as fans come to her defense

The Fugees star was forced to cancel her latest show

Lauryn Hill performs live for fans as part of VIVID Live 2014 at Sydney Opera House on May 27, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad SanwariSenior WriterNew York
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Lauryn Hill took to Instagram to share a disappointing update with fans concerning the ongoing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 25th Anniversary Tour: Ms Lauryn Hill & The Return of The Fugees.

The tour is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of her acclaimed 1998 debut (and so far only) album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and reunited her with the other members of the '90s hip-hop trio The Fugees, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel.

The singer and rapper, 48, revealed on social media that she had strained her vocal chords and was forced to cancel the Philadelphia tour stop on Monday night, October 23.

Lauryn Hill shares a statement about a canceled Philadelphia tour stop on Instagram© Instagram
Lauryn shared a statement about the canceled Philadelphia tour stop on Instagram

In a statement, she penned: "Dear Philadelphia, it is with disappointment that I am writing this note to you. On the advice of my physicians, I have no choice but to postpone the show tomorrow." 

She explained that the strain caused to her voice necessitated a break, adding: "I need to rest my voice to prevent any more serious strain or damage to my vocal cords."

Lauryn spoke more about the joy she received being on tour, writing: "The start of this tour has been incredible. What an amazing experience to celebrate this anniversary with all of my family, my friends and all of you.

Lauryn Hill performs during the 25th Anniversary of 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' tour at Barclays Center on October 19, 2023 in New York City.© Getty Images
The singer is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of her album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" on tour

"I look forward to giving you the show you deserve with a fully recovered and healthy voice," she continued, adding of the postponed show: "The new date for Philadelphia will be Nov 25. It will be a special one. Toronto, I'll see you next. Resting for a few days then heading your way."

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The tour will resume in Toronto on Thursday, October 26 and return to the United States soon after, continuing on till December 13 and ending in Boston.

Lauryn Hill performs on stage during day three of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 28, 2019 in Glastonbury, England.© Getty Images
"I need to rest my voice to prevent any more serious strain or damage to my vocal cords."

Fans immediately inundated her comments section with concern and prayers, and came to her defense against those who expressed their disappointment.

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"She did AMAZING in DC y'all fr like AMAZING. She said she wasn't feeling well and she still rocked it, please give Ms. L some grace," one wrote, while another added: "She left it ALL on the stage last night in DC! We appreciate you! Philly you won't be disappointed, the show is worth the wait."

Pras Michél . Wyclef Jean, and Lauryn Hill of the Fugees perform during "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" 25th anniversary tour at Barclays Center on October 19, 2023 in New York City.© Getty Images
The Fugees are co-headlining the tour with Lauryn

A third said: "We could hear it in your voice in DC and you apologized for it but you were amazing and left no crumbs," and a fourth also commented: "Get well soon, I was so excited to see you tomorrow [heartbroken] make the November show a good one."

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The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 25th Anniversary Tour comes two years after The Fugees' own 25th anniversary tour for their second acclaimed album, The Score, which was eventually canceled after just one show.

Portrait of American pop and rhythm & blues musician Lauryn Hill as she poses against a white background, 1998.© Getty Images
The album is considered one of the most influential R&B, soul, and hip-hop records of all time

The album it pays tribute to was a huge commercial and critical success, remaining the best-selling album by a female rapper (over 20 million copies worldwide), winning five Grammy Awards (including Album of the Year), and remaining one of the most influential R&B and hip-hop records of all time.

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