Brandy cancels concert at Kennedy Center due to bleeding eardrum & other serious medical issues

Mary Scott
Jan 28, 2019
10:04 A.M.
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Brandy Norwood recently opened up about why she had to cancel one of her most anticipated concerts, detailing the several severe medical issues she’s experiencing at the moment.


The "I Wanna Be Down" singer was scheduled to perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center on Friday, January 25, 2019 - Saturday, January 26, 2019.

In an update on their website, the Kennedy Center announced to fans that the event had been canceled.

“Due to vocal duress, these concerts have been cancelled,” the statement read. “Ticketholders have been emailed with options for exchanging or returning their tickets, or requesting a refund.”


Brandy, 39, however, took to Instagram on January 26 with a more detailed explanation and revealed her current medical struggles.

“Dear everyone that I love and care for and everyone that loves and cares for me, I know a political announcement was made for the cancellation of the Brandy Kennedy Center shows, but I wanted to give a detailed explanation after seeing an otolaryngologist,” she began.

According to WebMD, an otolaryngologist is a doctor “who treats issues in your ears, nose, or throat as well as related areas in your head and neck.”



Brandy further revealed that she has been bleeding in her left eardrum:

“His findings were sinusitis, acute laryngitis, hemorrhagic right true vocal and bilateral severe vocal cord edema. (That’s a lot and I don’t truly know what that all means.. doesn’t sound promising) Additionally, I’ve been experiencing hemorrhaging on my left eardrum and was firmly advised by Dr. Winkler to stay on strict vocal rest for a week and to cancel any professional performances.”

Sinusitis is “an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses [or nasal cavities].” Acute laryngitis, meanwhile, is a condition that involves one’s vocal cords becoming inflamed due to overuse, irritation, or infection.



Brandy also expressed how hurt she is by the cancelation and apologized to fans and well-wishers.

“Deeply hurt by that because these kind of performance opportunities don’t come around #ADimeADozen I am thankful to the Kennedy Center family for true understanding. I apologize from the bottom of my heart to my extended family, my fans and the members of the Kennedy Center for this unfortunate experience.”

In a follow-up post, the Grammy winner apologized yet again for not dealing with the “obstacles” in time to perform at the concert.


“I will NEVER BE THE SAME because of this moment,” she admitted. “That’s a good thing. I Am Stronger Now. Louder Now. Even more Humbled. I know what it takes to be the Greatest Version of Self, and I know how to Demolish Anything and Anyone who arrogantly attempts to stop The Glory of God and the will for my Life.”



Brandy has had some well-publicized health troubles in the past. In June 2017, TMZ reported that the singer was rushed to the hospital after becoming unconscious on a plane. At the time, exhaustion and stress were identified as the cause of her passing out.

Brandy also became the subject of several health-related rumors after debuting a fuller figure around last year.

The "Never Say Never" crooner, however, shut them all down, saying that she only decided to go on a “foodcation” because she’d been eating clean for so long.

“I’m like, ‘Yo, I’m tired of this crazy discipline. I need something to eat! I want some pizza, I want some pasta, I want some cake!” she said in 2018.


Get well soon, Brandy!


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