Aretha Franklin has canceled two upcoming concerts due to a doctor's recommendation that she receive treatment for an undisclosed medical illness, according to a statement posted on Franklin's official Facebook page on Monday, May 13.
Franklin was set to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The statement did not specify what Franklin was being treated for.
"Due to her doctor's recommendation for treatment during the time frame of May 20 & 26, Ms. Aretha Franklin has regretfully withdrawn from her scheduled performances," the opening sentence of the statement said.
Janelle Monae, a Grammy-nominated singer who is likely best known for her single "Tightrope," will perform in Franklin's place for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser. Monae will be playing orchestral versions of her songs that she'll first debut Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony, according to The Associated Press.
In 2011, Franklin canceled a series of concerts by order of her doctors. She later underwent surgery in December 2011, but did not specify her ailment. She released a statement at the time that said her "problem has been resolved." Franklin also canceled two concerts in August 2010 after breaking two ribs in a fall.
The legendary singer told Wendy Williams in March 2011 that she had lost 85 pounds. The singer has denied rumors that she secretly had gastric bypass surgery.