Lady Gaga has been forced to cancel the remaining 21 dates on her "Born This Way Ball" world tour due to required hip surgery for the 26 year old New York native. The tour, which began in April of 2012, took in 42 countries over 6 continents, was due to end on March 20, 2013.
The "Poker Face" singer, real name Stefani Germanotta, recently used the social media website, Twitter, to explain the injury which forced her to cancel the dates. She Tweeted: "I hid it from my staff, I didn't want to disappoint my amazing fans. However after last nights performance I could not walk and still can't."
A statement on the official website of the songstress read: "After additional tests this morning to review the severity of the issue, it has been determined that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip caused by strenuous repetitive movements in her performances. She will need surgery to repair the problem, followed by strict down time to recover. This unfortunately, will force her to cancel the tour, so she can heal. Refunds for the cancelled performances will be available at point of purchase starting Feb 14, 2013."
Lady Gaga has won five Grammy awards since 2009 and is one of America's most successful pop artists, racking up 25+ million album sales, while her last album, "Born This Way", was certified double platinum just six months after it was released in 2011. Her third studio album, "ARTPOP", is due for release in the spring of 2013.